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  • Blue Ribbon Foundation – Police Memorial Dedication Ceremony

    Today, our Chief Executive Felicity Topp joined the Blue Ribbon Foundation to honour the memory of two fallen officers, Detective Senior Sargent Victor Kostiuk and Constable Garth Atkin, who both lost their lives in tragic road incidents.

    Commemorative plaques were unveiled and will be permanently displayed in our emergency departments at Frankston and Rosebud hospitals.

    Felicity Topp said; “We are delighted to be dedicating our advanced video laryngoscopy facilities at both the Frankston and Rosebud hospitals, as permanent memorials to Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk and Constable Atkin.” “These pieces of equipment will greatly enhance our ability to perform critical intubations on people with severe respiratory conditions.”

    We are grateful to have the support of the @blue_ribbon_foundation, which has helped us provide world-class healthcare on the Mornington Peninsula. The generosity and support we have received from the Blue Ribbon Foundation throughout the past decade has funded a number of pieces of life-saving equipment for ...

  • Frankston Community Vaccination Centre Comes To Life With New Artwork

    If you’re getting your first, second or booster #JabDone at the Frankston Community Vaccination Centre you’ll notice a new splash of colour. Local street artist Sheldon Headspeath has put together a mural that encapsulates the many motivations driving each of us to get vaccinated and protect ourselves against coronavirus. We called for your suggestions and your words inspired the design of the mural, which is a tribute to our healthcare workers. You’ll also notice colourful Indigenous artwork on our queue barriers as you line up, created by Kamilaroi man Eamon Roberts. We would like to say thank you to both Sheldon and Eamon for their colourful contribution to our vaccination centre. Check out the artwork below or in person. There is no longer a booking requirement to get your COVID-19 vaccination, just turn up and our helpful staff will look after you. [gallery ids="35536,35537,35538,35539,35540,35541,35542"]
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: The Underlying Pandemic That’s Spreading Worldwide

    This Antimicrobial Awareness Week we are joining with health organisations around the world to promote the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics. Antimicrobials are very precious, and we are raising awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance.

    Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stop an antibiotic from working effectively – without effective antibiotics some procedures may not be possible, and some infections may become impossible to treat.

    Peninsula Health’s Head of Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Marjoree Sehu, said antimicrobial resistance could have an impact on how healthcare professionals manage and treat infections with antibiotics.

    “The impact of losing antibiotics is severe,” Dr Sehu said. “Without antibiotics we would not be able to perform transplant operation, give chemotherapy or perform basic surgery without significant risk.”

    “If the bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, it's not only going to be difficult to treat an infection, but all other advances in medicine could cease.”

    Antimicrobial resistance ...

  • COVID-19 Sotrovimab Clinic now operating at Frankston Hospital

    We are now running a Sotrovimab Clinic at Frankston Hospital to treat patients with COVID-19.   Sotrovimab belongs to a group of medicines called monoclonal antibodies. Sotrovimab has been developed for the treatment of COVID-19 and works by binding to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, blocking the virus from entering human cells and multiplying in the body.    Research has shown that Sotrovimab decreases the risk of hospitalisation for unvaccinated patients if taken within five days of the onset of symptoms.   We hope the addition of the Sotrovimab Clinic will help reduce the severity of the disease for people with COVID-19 and decrease the number of people needing hospital treatment.   Patients are ...
  • Celebrating World Radiography Day

    We are marking World Radiography Day by highlighting the work two of our outstanding leaders, Anoja Theivendradas and Fiona Chau, who have ensured our Medical Imaging and Radiology department continues to provide world-class patient care.

    Both Anoja and Fiona oversee the education and training of staff across various radiology services, including x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds and MRI scans, and ensure our practices are evolving, in line with current guidelines.

    “I enjoy being able to promote our supportive work culture and the positive impact it has on clinical practice and patient outcomes,” Anoja said.

    “My role has allowed me to broaden my skillset and knowledge in performing CT scans, which has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.”

    Thank you to Anoja, Fiona and our entire Medical Imaging and Radiology department for all your work in providing the best of care to our patients.

    World Radiography Day marks the ...

  • Frankston Community Vaccination Hub now offering COVID-19 booster shots

    The Frankston Community Vaccination Hub is now offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations to anyone aged 18 years and older who received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago.   Pfizer booster doses will be provided to all eligible community members, regardless of which vaccine you received for your first two doses. You will need to provide proof of when you received your second dose of vaccine when you arrive. A COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate from the Service Victoria app will suffice.   More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
  • Assessing the effects of care navigation: How ongoing care post hospitalisation prevents hospital readmission.

    [caption id="attachment_35439" align="alignright" width="225"] Ms Rebecca Pang, Clinical Outreach Pharmacist at Peninsula Health.[/caption]

    Individuals in our community living with severe illnesses often rely on our services after they go home from hospital. How we manage and support their recovery during this time may reduce the number of unplanned hospital presentations and improve suboptimal patient‐reported outcomes (PROMS).

    Rebecca Pang, clinical outreach pharmacist at Peninsula Health. Ms Pang works within the Community Care at Peninsula Health, and is a contributor to the Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP). The program provides multidisciplinary care navigation to patients in the community, with the view of preventing unwarranted hospital admissions. Pang found that while the HARP care navigation model is of interest, there is conflicting evidence in the literature of its effectiveness and a systematic review of the effectiveness of community care navigation was needed.

    Her PhD is focussed on evaluating ...

  • Severe Weather Update – 29 October

    Due to the extreme weather conditions today (Friday 29 October), and subsequent safety and power issues, a number of our services have been impacted.   We want to reassure our community that your loved ones in our care are safe. There has been no disruption to the care of any patients staying at our hospitals. All our hospital sites are operating a normal inpatient service with minimal impact. We are remaining vigilant and will keep you updated if anything changes.    Service Updates
    • Our COVID-19 Screening Clinics at Frankston Hospital, Rosebud and Mornington Park are closed today.

      Please visit an alternative site if you can. We hope to re-open on Saturday, pending a safety inspection. For details on other testing sites please visit ...

    • Thunderstorm Asthma Warning Across Victoria

        Please be aware that thunderstorm asthma has been forecast across Victoria today, Thursday 28 October. Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions remain at 'Moderate' risk.   Thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life-threatening for people with asthma or hay fever. People may experience asthma symptoms or difficulty breathing due to the combination of thunderstorm activity and high grass pollen levels in and across the South West.   To protect yourself from thunderstorm asthma, avoid being outside during thunderstorms, especially in the wind gusts that come before the storm. Go inside and close your doors and windows, and if you have your air conditioner on, turn it to recirculate. If you’re asthmatic, have an asthma action plan, seek medical attention early and know the four steps of asthma first aid....
    • Stepping up to the 10,000 step challenge

      For the past six weeks, we have been running a stepping competition with small groups of healthcare staff from across Peninsula Health.

      Allied Health (including dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, social workers, speech pathologists) and Community Health (including nursing and administration) staff have been tracking their steps using the ‘10,000 Steps’ program developed by CQUniversity.

      Regular physical activity can help relieve stress, anxiety and depression and is a general mood booster. Most people notice overall improvements in their wellbeing as a result of incorporating physical activity into their daily lives.

      More than 230 staff stepped up to the challenge, using this as an opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing.

      Many staff said they enjoyed the extra motivation to work together as part of their 'stepping' team, using it as an opportunity to get outside and increase their fitness and improve their wellbeing. Hopefully it has set them on a good path to continue ...