Chance meeting leads to donation supporting Ghanaian trauma service

September 28, 2016

A chance meeting that led to life-saving treatment by a Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) surgeon has led to further support from the Western Australian Government for health care in Africa.

Health Minister John Day announced that an ultrasound machine will be donated to the Intensive Care Unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana.

“Dr Edward Yeboah was the first on scene following a road accident earlier this year and provided critical first response care to victim Simon Treloar,” Minister Day said.

“The life-saving treatment provided by Dr Yeboah has received international coverage, as far afield as Ghana, where Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is working through the logistics of establishing a trauma unit and registry."

Minister Day said the Royal Perth Hospital Trauma service will serve as a model for best practice and the ultimate goal of a comprehensive trauma service for the Ghanaian community.

“The relationships that have been established through this donation are the start of a longer-term plan to establish a formal support network between RPH and the trauma team in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.”