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Very special care

Nurse Unit Manager Alison Conroy-Joyce and Jenna Sparkes with Evie and River.  “Everyone thinks you get pregnant, have a baby, take them home and that’s it – however sometimes you can’t take them home,” explains local mother, Jenna Sparkes. All four of Jenna’s children have spent time in the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital, […]

Susan’s cancer journey

Somerville grandmother Susan Green was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after finding a lump in her breast. “I have had so many lumps and bumps removed over the years – I am 74 years old – that were never anything to worry about. So this news was a bit of a shock,” says Susan. […]

Passion leads the way

Nesreen Mussa’s passion for caring for others begun when she was a girl growing up in Eritrea, eastern Africa, with her six siblings. “My mother taught us that even if you don’t have much, you should always appreciate what you have,” explains Nesreen. “As a widow she cared for all seven of us by herself […]

Kangaroo care helping babies thrive

The Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital participated in a world-wide Kangaroo-a-thon, 15-29 May, where they encouraged parents to spend as much time as possible skin-to-skin with their babies, known as “kangaroo care”, and logged the hours. New parents Zoe and James did 23 hours of kangaroo care with their son Edison over the 2 […]

Winter health tips

As the temperature drops heading into winter, the number of senior people coming into hospital with pneumonia and ‘flu increases. Peninsula Health Geriatrician, Dr Kristy Siostrom, shares some tips and ideas to help you and your family stay healthy this winter. • Have the yearly ‘flu vaccination. • Check that your pneumonia vaccination is up […]

Proposing an exciting future for Rosebud Hospital

Image: Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicity Topp speaking to the local community. Peninsula Health has initiated communications with the local community about its proposed plans to rebuild Rosebud Hospital. “We are investigating the suitability of the current site to meet the health needs of the Rosebud and Mornington Peninsula community for the next 15 years,” […]

Increase your chance of quitting with Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Peninsula Health Pharmacist Darshana Meanger. Today is World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco kills more than 8 million people around the world every year. It’s never too late to quit smoking. Within two weeks of quitting tobacco lung function increases. After 10 years the risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker. If you […]

Safewards comes to the Emergency Department

Consumer representative Garry Watson cut the cake with ED staff at the launch. The Emergency Departments (ED) at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals launched their Safewards program on 8 May. The Safewards model aims to create a welcoming, calmer environment for patients and their families. This is done through ten interventions, which are visible and straightforward […]

Rotary Peninsula 2.0 Birth Tree and local families raise $5000 for Special Care Nursery equipment

Kelly with her family at the Birth Tree in Frankston.  Kelly Perkins knows first-hand the important role the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital plays in caring for babies on the Peninsula. “When Tyler was born he had to spend a few days in the Special Care Nursery on CPAP (a breathing machine) before he […]

Consumer simulation reaps rewards

Retired medical practice manager Sue Gilbert, has no acting experience, but you wouldn’t know it after watching her play the lead role in a medical simulation to train doctors and nurses at Frankston Hospital. Last year Peninsula Health started the Consumer-Simulated Patient Program, where four consumers play the role of patients and family members in […]