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June 2016

20 June 2016

First day of local radiation therapy

Today heralds a major milestone at Rockhampton Hospital as the first patients receive their radiation oncology treatment locally. Rockhampton Hospital Executive Director Jo Whitehead said it was a historic occasion for the people of Central Queensland, and 500 locals each year will no longer have to travel to Brisbane for their radiation therapy treatment.

17 June 2016

Artwork project promotes mental illness recovery

Rockhampton Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Unit now sports a colourfully painted pamphlet cabinet, spreading powerful messages of hope. The project was the brainchild of new consumer carer consultant Lester Weston who enlisted the help of inpatients over the past three months to add their artistic flair in a permanent way. It was unveiled this week at a celebration in the unit.

8 June 2016

Review endorses key improvements to Rockhampton Maternity Unit

An independent report into Rockhampton Hospital Maternity Unit has endorsed the changes already under way to improve maternity and midwifery services at Rockhampton Hospital. The report, commissioned by Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Len Richards in February, was prompted by four serious clinical incidents in the unit in the previous 12 months.

2 June 2016

Rocky’s Orthopaedic Telehealth Clinic wins statewide award

Rockhampton Hospital’s Orthopaedic Telehealth Clinic has won a statewide award for eHealth excellence. More than 80 nominations were received in the Queensland Health eAwards, with the winners announced on Tuesday night (May 31).

2 June 2016

Specialist mental health support for older people

Older persons with complex mental health problems have access to a purpose-built facility in Rockhampton, with the support of a specialist psychiatrist. Dr Arun Kaul is the first full-time specialist psycho-geriatrician to be employed at Central Queensland Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Service.

May 2016

17 May 2016

Home dialysis training moves away from hospital

Rockhampton Hospital’s home training dialysis unit has moved into a new convenient location in the city heart. The seven-chair unit was previously located in the Renal Unit at Rockhampton Hospital, and Nurse Unit Manager Jenny Anderson is delighted with the new training rooms in the clinic on the corner of East and Archer streets, in the same location as the self-care unit.

16 May 2016

Emerald Hospital supports local families

Emerald Hospital is helping families stay healthy by providing free childhood immunisations with child health checks. Cathy Hampton, Nurse Unit Manager Child Health, said parents could now organise their child’s immunisation and in the same appointment have their child’s developmental health checked.

12 May 2016

Nurses put their patients first

Ever since Karen Smith did her first rotation in Intensive Care at Rockhampton Hospital 30 years ago she knew she’d found her calling. The Nurse Unit Manager of Rockhampton Hospital Intensive Care Unit reflected today on her career on International Nurses Day, the birth date of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

12 May 2016

Gladstone Emergency team star performers

Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department has had an outstanding week, recording near-perfect waiting times. National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) is a key performance indicator allowing comparison for hospitals across the country. It measures the number of patients who are
seen, treated and leave the Emergency Department within four hours.

April 2016

27 April 2016

Mental health support for rural areas

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has boarded the TARDDHiS, but it’s nothing to do with the Time Lord, it’s all about supporting local residents in tough times. The name is a mouthful – Tackling Adversity in Regional Drought and Disaster affected communities through Integrating Health Services (TARDDHiS) Program – and it’s about helping local clinicians deal with mental health issues.