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  • Newborn babies benefit from new technology

    Neonatal jaundice is a yellowish discolouration of the skin and whites of the eyes in a newborn baby, caused by high bilirubin levels. It can be treated with phototherapy, and the Bilicocoon is among the latest phototherapy technology available. 

    With thanks to a grant from the Honda Foundation, we’ve bought a Billicocoon for use in our Special Care Nursery, Women’s Health Unit and Child and Adolescent Unit. This will change the lives of more than 100 babies at Frankston Hospital every year. 

    “The Bilicocoon is lightweight and the cocoon design helps facilitate swaddling, feeding and touching by literally wrapping around the baby,” says Alison Conroy-Joyce, Special Care Nursery Nurse Unit Manager.

    “It also means the baby doesn’t need to be in an isolette – or incubator - and may instead be held and breast-fed, whilst receiving treatment. This allows families to be able to talk to their baby, touch and ...

  • Tackling diabetes one patient at a time

    Peninsula Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Kylie Ball.

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator Kylie Ball is tackling diabetes one patient at a time.

    Teaching patients how to self-administer insulin is just one facet of her role. In fact, Clinical Nurse Specialist Kylie sees herself as a motivator, educating people with diabetes about how to make the lifestyle changes that improve their overall health.  

    “As diabetes educators we provide short and long-term support for people to manage all types of diabetes - from first diagnosis, through different life challenges. These could include work changes, different activity levels, travel, pregnancy, and illness,” says Kylie, who’s been with Peninsula Health since 1996.

    “We help patients understand how diabetes affect their day-to-day life, guiding them through lifestyle adjustments to can take control of their diabetes, ultimately improving their overall health and wellbeing.”  

    Saturday, 14 November marks World Diabetes Day 2020. This year's theme is Nurses Make ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Jenna Nelson

    Peninsula Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Jenna Nelson.

    Normally Jenna Nelson is caring for patients in the Frankston Emergency Department, but for most of this year she’s been doing what she does best - away from the hospital.

    The Clinical Nurse Specialist leapt at the opportunity to play a part in our Covid-19 response, taking on the role of Associate Nurse Unit Manager at our drive-through Screening Clinic in Seaford over the past three months.

    “It’s been an amazing experience to set up and coordinate a major testing location on a daily basis, seeing as many as 600 patients a day,” says Jenna.

    “The team I have been working with have been amazing. Despite the long days on your feet and being outside in the elements, they always manage to smile under their masks, remain calm and maintain a professional manner.”

    Thank you Jenna for caring for our community through Covid-19.

    The drive-through ...

  • Frankston drive-through and walk-in Screening Clinics relocate

    Peninsula Health is opening a combined drive-through and walk-in COVID-19 Screening Clinic on the Frankston Hospital Campus.

    The new testing site, on the corner of Hastings Road and Yuille Street (formerly Frankston Tennis Club), will be open from Friday 6 November.

    The Frankston Hospital drive-through and walk-in Screening Clinic will replace the drive-through Screening Clinic outside Frankston District Basketball Association in Seaford and the walk-in Screening Clinic at John Madder Hall, Frankston Hospital. Both are closed, as of 4pm (Basketball Stadium) and 12pm (John Madder Hall) Thursday 5 November.

    The new combined COVID-19 Screening Clinic is accessible by vehicle and on foot, via Yuille Street, near the Hastings Road intersection. The new location will be open 8.30am to 6pm daily. No booking or GP referral is required, and all ages are welcome to be tested. Vehicle passengers can also be tested.

    Peninsula Health’s Acting Executive Director of Medical Services, Dr ...

  • Joint initiative to support rooming house residents

    Frankston City Council and Peninsula Health are working together to provide infection control and support for vulnerable residents in rooming houses.

    Council CEO, Phil Cantillon, said: “It’s critical that all residents are COVID safe during these challenging times and this joint initiative aims to achieve that.

    “All rooming house occupants have been provided with information, advice and infection control packs,” he said.

    The infection control packs handed out include disposable masks, high-grade disinfectant, hand sanitiser, disposable gloves, paper towel and bin liners.

    Peninsula Health nurses also attend to offer COVID-19 swabs for residents who wish to be tested.

    “We’ve had great feedback from residents who have told our officers and Peninsula Health staff they appreciate the material aid and resources provided,” Mr Cantillon said.

    Peninsula Health Community Health Operations Director Iain Edwards said:

    “We’re pleased to be partnering with Frankston City Council in creating COVID safe environments.

    “Peninsula Health and Frankston City Council are ...

  • 100th birthday won’t wait for COVID

    Centenarian Muriel Bettes marks her 100th birthday from the comfort of home. Photo: Supplied.

    Turning 100 is no small feat, just ask Muriel Bettes. Instead of celebrating the milestone in isolation, the much-loved Balnarring great-great-grandmother – born in 1920 – marked the occasion in her home. Here, family and friends were able to deliver their wishes to her doorstep, by phone, or (for a select few, due to the restrictions) in person. This celebration was all thanks to our Hospital in the Home (HITH) Unit. “To be able to enjoy the day with those who I love the most, simply meant the world,” says Muriel.

    “Even though glass separated me from many of those who dropped by, it was really wonderful to have that opportunity by being home.”

    “We offer treatment and equipment at no cost to the patient, providing a safe, personal and effective alternative to ...

  • Introducing Peninsula Health’s new state-of-the-art MRI scanner

    Frankston Hospital's new SIGNA Artist, a state-of-the-art MRI scanner

    Peninsula Health has installed a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner, the first of its kind in a Victorian public hospital.

    The scanner, a SIGNA Artist, features the latest in MRI technology. It will allow us to conduct around 4,000 more scans per year at Frankston Hospital and enhance patient care.

    “We are developing world-leading healthcare here in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula,” says Peninsula Health Operations Director for Imaging and Pathology, Andrew Bickell.

    “Our new scanner is faster and has the latest computing power. That means we can conduct quicker scans at a wider scope, and get better diagnostics.”

    Features of the new scanner

    To date, Peninsula Health has conducted over 700 scans on the new machine since it began operating in July 2020. Its new and improved features include:

    • two dockable tables that help with faster and more comfortable ...
    • Rebuild, recover and reenage with occupational therapy

      Peninsula Health occupational therapist Warne Metrowich with client Jeanette.

      It is World Occupational Therapy Day and the theme of this OT Week, is about how this profession supports communities to rebuild, recover and reengage.

      Take Warne Metrowich for example, one of our Mental Health Occupational Therapists at Frankston Community Care Unit (CCU), pictured with client Jeanette.Jeanette has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and states she’s struggled to live on her own for many years, but with Warne’s help, the 57-year-old is now on the verge of regaining her independence. 

      “The road to recovery has been tough and challenging. Since being at the CCU, I feel like I am a different person and have become more resilient thanks to the staff here,” says Jeanette.

      Warne couldn’t agree more. “It’s been fantastic to see Jeanette regain confidence with those everyday activities  like cooking, going out for coffees with friends or being able to ...

    • Sewing up colourful scrubs

      Peninsula Health staff proudly wearing handmade scrubs.

      When Naomi Pratt asked the Somers Community Facebook page to help sew scrub caps for our frontline staff back in August, members were quick to respond.   Despite hoping for 10 – 20 caps, the Critical Care Liaison Nurse Practitioner was overwhelmed, receiving more than 400 in six weeks.   “Caps have been sewn by individuals who are part of craft groups, including the Balnarring Boomerang Bag group and the Lifestyle Village in Hastings group (AKA the ‘Busy Bees’),” says Naomi. “I’ve also had donations from local individual sewers – Jan, Helen, Judy, Diane, Marnee, Cathie and others.”     Now, our staff are proudly wearing these colourful creations, bringing dashes of colour to the wards of Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals.   “I’ve had messages back from a few of the nursing staff who are really appreciative that people have taken the time to make and donate the caps, and have ...
    • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Bethany Kinsey

      Peninsula Health Clinic Graduate Nurse Bethany Kinsey.

      For our brilliant graduate nurse Beth Kinsey, working in a busy ward at Frankston Hospital during a pandemic is a rewarding experience like none other.

      Making the transition from the lecture theatre to the fast paced Port Phillip Ward has been a steep learning curve, but one she’s taken in her stride. 

      With a positive attitude, Beth has embraced so much in 2020 - be it managing countless discharges and admissions to learning all there is to know about the ever-changing hospital environment.

      Thank you Beth for caring for our community through Covid-19.