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“What’s on your plate?” – Call for residents to share their experience with food insecurity

Food insecurity does not just happen in third world countries – it is happening right here in Frankston. To help start a conversation about this important issue, the Frankston Food Access Network – a working group of representatives from Peninsula Health, Frankston City Council and local residents – is calling on locals to share their […]

The best gift you can give your family

Pat chose to put an Advance Care Plan in place to make it easier for her family, should something happen to her. Do your family know your wishes if you can’t make medical decisions for yourself? Rosebud grandmother Pat Ferguson opted to put an Advanced Care Plan in place last year, so that her family […]

Caring for the dying – an inside look at palliative care nursing

Angie Dredge has been drawn to oncology and palliative care nursing since she first started her career at Charring Cross Hospital in London a few decades ago. Fast forward to 2018 and Angie has been in the role of Director of Nursing – Continuing and Palliative Care, at Peninsula Health since April last year. “I’ve […]

Codeine changes – what you need to know

Nick Jones is the new Director of Pharmacy at Peninsula Health. If you experience chronic pain, migraines or have had a sports injury, chances are you would have taken some form of pain relief containing codeine. The common pain killer found in products such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and various cough and cold medicines, is […]

Bowel cancer patient makes speedy recovery

When Rosebud father Terence Cox was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year he feared the worst. “I was promised one of those stoma bags and I wasn’t looking forward to that at all but I built myself up to say if I have to I have to,” recalls Terence. “When I woke up from the […]

Compassionate and supportive to the end

Every day our staff do everything they can to save lives, but sometimes there is nothing more they can do, except provide compassionate, end of life care to patients and their families. Earlier this year, Dr Harmeen Kaur, a medical intern at Peninsula Health provided end of life care to a patient in hospital for […]

Pharmacist wins award for championing person centred care

Director of Pharmacy Nick Jones presents Grace with the award. Pharmacist Grace Loh has been recognised by her peers for going above and beyond to provide a positive experience for patients. She is Peninsula Health’s staff nominated Patient Experience Champion for 2018. The award is part of Peninsula Health’s celebration of Patient Experience Week. Grace, who […]

Cooling caps for cancer patients at Frankston Hospital

Frankston Hospital is one of the first public hospitals in the state to offer cancer patients scalp cooling while they undergo chemotherapy to help prevent a common side effect of treatment – hair loss. Last week Crib Point mother-of-three Angela Fox was the very first patient to have scalp cooling, which chills the head and […]

Helping kids and adults with bowel and bladder problems

When kids and adults on the Peninsula experience bowel and bladder problems, Camille Edgar and the Continence Team at Peninsula Health are here to help. “We see people from all walks of life with different severity of urinary incontinence, prolapse, prostate problems, bowel incontinence, constipation and more,” explains Camille, Manager of Peninsula Health’s Continence Service. […]

Don’t put it off – get checked for bowel cancer today

Head of Oncology, Dr Zee Wan Wong and patient Liz Yates.  Bowel cancer doesn’t just affect older people – it affects people of all ages – such as local Mum Liz Yates, who was diagnosed aged 41. “I didn’t get any of the normal symptoms,” explains Liz. “I lost quite a bit of weight and […]