With a workforce of over 11,000 staff, The Royal Melbourne Hospital employs more than 500 allied health professionals who treat over 55,000 patients each year. This large and diverse group of clinicians includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and many other specialists who focus on assessing and treating patients. They play a crucial role in enabling people to get back to the things that make life worth living.
Young father of two, Kingsley O’Connor, collapsed at home and was rushed to The Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department where he was diagnosed with Guillain- Barre Syndrome, a rare neurological condition paralysing his body.
In the space of days, Kingsley lost his ability to move, swallow, and breathe. He was placed on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit for the next two months.
Thanks to an amazing team of expert allied health professionals who rallied around him, Kingsley has relearnt how to eat, drink and breathe independently once again.
Kingsley’s progress has been truly remarkable and with the ongoing care and treatment available, he will one day walk again and is expected to make a full recovery.
“The Royal Melbourne Hospital is a special place. The staff have become like my family. With the help
of the allied health team I can get back to living my best life,” said Kingsley.
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