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The hospital at the heart of the local community

Helen and Gail

Dr Helen Hewitt and Rosebud Hospital Nurse Practitioner Gail Van Summeren.

Almost twenty years ago, Rosebud Emergency Department Director Dr Helen Hewitt, cared for a two year-old boy who was gravely unwell after drinking the contents of an oil burner in the garden.

“I intubated the boy and looked after him the Emergency Department (ED),” recalls Dr Hewitt.

“The mother came into the ED again recently and actually recognised me and thanked me for what had happened 18 years ago. She said he got to grow up because of you and gave me a big hug.”

“It was nice to know that he had grown up and was doing well.”

As a local, Dr Hewitt is passionate about caring for her community, and has many more stories like this about the wide range of presentations to Rosebud Emergency Department every day.

“Over the summer holidays we see lots of tent and pole injuries from people setting up their campsites, accidents involving stingrays and other marine life, near drownings, heart attacks and people requiring resuscitation.”

“It’s a very highly utilised community hospital. We’re the first stop for our community, both the people who live here and the visitors over the summer and winter months.”

Over the busy summer period, Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department saw a record number of people, with an average of 109 presentations each day.

This week is the annual Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal, which is raising funds to purchase new equipment, so Dr Hewitt and the emergency team have everything they need to provide the very best care.

On 25 January, more than 50 local volunteers will be out and about on the Southern Peninsula collecting donations at intersections and selling raffle tickets at shopping centres and Rosebud Hospital to raise funds.

“Some of our medical equipment is challenged by age and needs to be replaced, explains Dr Hewitt.

“If you do come across our appeal collectors please consider donating – it all adds up.”

“This new equipment is costly, but enables us to deliver the very best evidence based medicine, right here on the Southern Peninsula.”

Dr Hewitt has worked at Peninsula Health since she was a medical intern and loves her role working with the dedicated team at Rosebud Hospital.

“I find it fun, challenging and I enjoy the work.”

“I live locally and I like that I am able to provide a service to my own local community.”

Make a donation to the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal online today and find our more by visiting www.rosebudhospitalsummerappeal.org.au