Bone and tis­sue bank on move

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

STAFF from PlusLife this month started their re­lo­ca­tion from Ned­lands to a new home in Mid­land.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion staff moved to an ex­ist­ing build­ing at the cor­ner of Yelver­ton and Helena streets, which is leased to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The state of the art Mid­land head­quar­ters will even­tu­ally in­clude clean­rooms, test­ing and re­search lab­o­ra­to­ries, and a freezer store that will en­able WA’s only bone and tis­sue bank to con­tinue its work in bone grafts and tis­sue trans­plants.

Con­struc­tion is set for De­cem­ber, will take about a year to com­plete and was funded by the State Gov­ern­ment to the tune of $10 mil­lion.

Tech­ni­cians will staff the Ned­lands fa­cil­ity to main­tain the tis­sue pro­cess­ing and graft dis­tri­bu­tion func­tions while con­struc­tion is un­der­way.

PlusLife man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Anne Cowie said it marked a new era for the health ser­vice.

She said many peo­ple did not re­alise that tis­sue do­na­tion was pos­si­ble, with bone do­na­tion the sec­ond most com­mon hu­man trans­plant af­ter blood.

“Thou­sands of West Aus­tralians have been helped by PlusLife and bone and tis­sue do­na­tions. Last year more than 500 pa­tients were sup­plied bone and tis­sue trans­plants,” she said.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of PlusLife’s new fa­cil­i­ties in Mid­land.

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