Current News

October 2016

26 October 2016

Hospital gives new mum the gift of life

New mum Kate Bellert has been to hell and back, and she’s thanking a large team of Rockhampton Hospital staff for saving her life.

11 October 2016

New specialist cares for older Central Queenslanders

Older Central Queenslanders now have access to a specialist geriatrician with the arrival of Dr Dhiraj Saini. Dr Saini works half-time at Rockhampton Hospital, based in the Sub Acute Geriatric Evaluation (SAGE) Unit, and half-time as a private consultant (both geriatrician and general physician) based at the Mater Hospital.

10 October 2016

New Chief Executive for Central Queensland Health

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service’s new Chief Executive Steve Williamson will move from the United Kingdom and start work early in the new year. Board Chair Paul Bell said Mr Williamson was well suited to the position, with wide experience in health management in the UK’s National Health Service.

7 October 2016

Hospital teams spring to action

Central Queensland hospital teams reacted quickly and efficiently treating seven patients in Rockhampton and Gladstone following a major road traffic accident yesterday morning.

5 October 2016

Livingstone Shire Council Thinking Pink

At 6pm every evening, for the entire month of October, two of the Capricorn Coast’s most iconic landmarks will transform… for a very good cause. Livingstone Shire Council has lit up the Singing Ship at Emu Park and the Spirit Stone on Yeppoon Foreshore in bright pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and the importance of education and early detection.

September 2016

30 September 2016

CQ Health Annual Report spells out strong performance

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service posted a strong performance in the past financial year, as highlighted in its 2015-16 Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today. Board Chair Paul Bell said the service provided access to new, improved and life-saving services, delivered on time by more staff from new facilities, resulting in better health outcomes for Central Queenslanders.

30 September 2016

Remembering our babies

A special service will be held at the Rockhampton Memorial Gardens on October 12 to recognise babies lost before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Rockhampton Hospital chaplains and social workers have helped develop a space at the Memorial Gardens to allow those affected by early pregnancy loss to have a space for reflection. Services are held there regularly to honour the lost babies and anyone is welcome to attend. The next service will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday, October 12, at the Memorial Gardens, on Lakes Creek Road, Nerimbera. For more information please phone hospital chaplain Melissa on 0408 939 640, or Social Worker Anne Lorraway on 4920 6211.

30 September 2016

Put your bras out for breast cancer

BreastScreen Queensland Rockhampton and Gladstone clinics are urging Central Queensland women to put their bras out during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month provides perfect opportunity to start conversations and to create a groundswell of support and community education around breast cancer and breast screening for preventative health.

9 September 2016

New knees give a new lease on life

Now that June Somerfield has two new knees she has retired her wheelie walker and is about to go dancing again. Mrs Somerfield is one of a record number of knee replacements at Rockhampton Hospital in the past financial year, and she can’t speak highly enough of the service she received. In 2015/16 the orthopaedics team did 227 knee and hip replacements, up from 146 (or 55% on the previous year). Director Dr Adriaan Smith is proud of the result, saying it was achieved through special workshops in the operating theatre to identify efficiencies in allocation of theatre time. He also had a great team, hand-picked through networks to work well together and achieve results.

1 September 2016

Free breast screens for Gladstone women

Gladstone Hospital BreastScreen Clinic has free screening appointments available over the next few weeks, with extended hours to make it even easier to find a suitable time for busy women. BreastScreen Queensland Rockhampton’s Clinical Director Dr Lea Kleinschmidt urges women to make and attend their two-yearly BreastScreen appointment.