Rehabilitation Ward Nurse Unit Manager Matthew Lowe, Communications and Community Relations Executive Director Trudy Habner, Sam Bramham and Ambulatory and Continuing Care Executive Director Colin Dawson at the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Royal Park Campus rehab unit reopening.
Paralympic swimmer Sam Bramham shared his ‘striving for Paralympic gold in the pool’ story as he reopened the Rehabilitation Unit of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Royal Park Campus.
Born without a right femur, Sam, 21, became an over-the-knee amputee at five.
He now has Paralympic, World Championship, Commonwealth Games and world record achievements to his name.
His 2008 Beijing haul included a gold and silver medal and a record-breaking time.
Sam inspired staff and patients at The Royal Melbourne as he reopened the rehab unit after a recently-completed, first phase major refurbishment courtesy of a $44,000 Perpetual donation.
Old carpet has been replaced with flooring, making it easier for patients to move around, and the lunchroom was transformed into a welcoming space where patients and their visitors can sit, chat and relax.
The work took some months but did not cause a single bed closure.
In the second phase, the whole ward will be repainted and new furniture provided for the lunchroom.