National Burn Centre meets Whakatāne Hospital team
The head of the country’s National Burn Centre has passed on a message of gratitude to Whakatāne Hospital staff from Whakaari/White Island survivors who “you moved heaven and earth” to keep alive.
National Burn Centre Clinical Leader and Plastics Surgeon Dr Richard Wong She visited the hospital along with National Burn Service Coordinator Tracey Perrett, Burn Governance Group Chair Dr Mark Moores and a group of burns specialists who treated patients from the December 9, 2019, eruption.
Whakatāne Hospital was the first to receive tourists and tour guides from the eruption.
The team worked through the night triaging and stabilising patients; transferring them to intensive care units and the national burns units around the country with the last patient airlifted out the following day.
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SunLive – August 10, 2020