Gladstone Hospital’s new Indigenous Liaison Officer Maddisan Hooper is a woman with a mission, providing advocacy and cultural support for Indigenous patients. Maddisan has been in the new role for three weeks and is finding her new job very rewarding.
Biloela Hospital hosted a retirement morning tea last week (4 August) for Community Health Child Health Nurse/Child Protection Liaison Officer Lynn Van Itallie. Lynn started her nursing training in 1973 at Rockhampton Hospital. In 1982 Lynn moved to Biloela and took the position of Child Health Nurse.
Rockhampton Hospital today reintroduces its newly expanded Midwifery Group Practice. Director of Nursing and Midwifery Susan Foyle said the popular model of care would now include women who present with low and high risk factors for their pregnancy and birth.
The new Central Highlands general manager of Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services brings a wealth of experience and is looking forward to working closely with other services in the region. Gil Rankin started work from her Emerald Hospital base last week (25 July) and is focused on facilitating patient-centred care across the Central Highlands, including Emerald, Springsure, Blackwater, the Gemfields, Capella and Tieri.
More Central Highlanders are accessing surgery at Emerald Hospital’s Operating Theatres, thanks to support from a number of providers. Executive Director Medical Services Dr Tim Smart said more than 600 surgical procedures were done in Emerald every year.
Emerald Hospital Patient Travel Office is opening for longer to enable faster processing of Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme claims for Central Highlanders. The office (phone 4987 9404) is now open daily from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm. The friendly team is able to support all enquiries regarding travel bookings, itineraries and subsidy payments for health services.
Gladstone Hospital is a proud baby-friendly environment and the Maternity team is about to face its second Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) accreditation. The team achieved its first successful accreditation in 2012 and two experts will visit the hospital at the end of August to assess the support and information provided around babies and breast-feeding.
Central Queenslanders with hepatitis C are taking full advantage of a new treatment, and Rockhampton Liver Clinic staff are delighted to be extra busy. Since new easy and effective interferon-free treatments were listed on the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme on 1 March, 2016, more and more people have sought treatment.
Biloela Community Health will soon provide free childhood immunisations with child health checks. Clinical Nurse Child Health Letitia Graving said parents could once again coordinate their child’s vaccinations and developmental health checks in follow-on appointments.
No patient is waiting longer than they should for a specialist appointment at Emerald Hospital. This is one of the rare occasions that a big fat ZERO warrants a major celebration. Nobody is prouder than Senior Administration Officer Jodie Lowther who has worked tirelessly with the Emerald team to ensure every patient who needs to see a specialist gets an appointment on time.