Hyperbaric medicine begins at FSH

First patients in hyperbaric chamber
The first patients in the FSH hyperbaric chamber joined by staff Dr Neil Banham, Sue Thurston and Helen Mullins.
November 17, 2014

Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) treated its first patients in the purpose built $4.6 million hyperbaric chamber today.

The first six patients in the 56 tonne chamber included Jan Coulson who travelled from Safety Bay to receive treatment for skin grafts that resulted from her cancer treatment.

Other patients included in the noteworthy event were Anthony Kenyon, Danny Perrella, Arthur Priest, Frank Woodroffe and Ian Russell.

They were joined in the chamber by Dr Neil Banham, Sue Thurston and Helen Mullins, who transitioned from Fremantle Hospital and Health Service.

Usually associated with treating decompression sickness or ‘the bends’, hyperbaric medicine is used to heal the body after radiation therapy, for post-surgery wounds and for chronic non-healing wounds.

The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at FSH will be the largest in Western Australia.

The commencement of Hyperbaric services is part of the Phase 2A opening schedule that also includes selected general medical, surgical, orthopaedic and anaesthetic services.