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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.