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  • 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 to date – this is not something you need every year so if you are 65+, check with your GP. • Maintain a healthy diet – aim to eat lots of fruit and vegetables high in Vitamin C. • Stay hydrated – in summer people feel thirsty because it’s hot, it is easy to forget to drink as much water as you need in winter. • Keep active – this may need to be an activity indoors in winter. • Wash your hands – to prevent catching germs or spreading disease. • ...

  • 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,” says Chief Executive Felicity Topp.

    The recently completed Rosebud Hospital Masterplan was presented to more than 150 local residents, business owners, GPs and community representatives at two public forums held on the Rosebud foreshore in early April.

    “A Feasibility Study, currently underway, is investigating if it is possible to re-build the hospital on the existing site,” adds Ms Topp. “It is vital we continue to offer health services for the local community while any potential future construction occurs.”

    To accommodate the required growth in beds, theatre capacity and community health, it is ...

  • 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 are thinking about quitting, have you tried Nicotine Replacement Therapies? Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) increase the chance of quitting smoking by 50% to 70%. NRT replaces some of the nicotine people normally get from smoking, without the other harmful chemicals found in cigarettes. 

    Peninsula Health Pharmacist Darshana Meanger says many people are unaware that different types of NRT are available, including patches, gum, lozenges and sprays, and can be used in combination with one another.

    “Combination therapy has been shown to increase quit success rates by 24% to 54%, compared to using ...

  • 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 for staff to follow. Safewards trains staff to identify points of care that may trigger a conflict response, or an issue around communication, and then use a targeted intervention to prevent this conflict from arising.

    Ward 5GS was the first acute ward in the world to implement Safewards and the program has been a success, with staff reporting they feel safer and patients and family members also praising the new ways of de-stressing and relaxing.

    ED Acting Operations Director Trish O’Neill thanked RISCE coordinator Kate Bendall and ED Clinical Nurse Specialist ...

  • 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 could go home,” explains Kelly.

    Tyler got to go home when he was four days old. Everything was going well but then when he was six weeks old, Tyler contracted meningitis.

    “Because Tyler was so young he had to go to Frankston Hospital for five days.”

    One year on and Tyler is thriving, turning one on 16 May.

    Left: Tyler now. Right: Tyler in the Special Care Nursery after he was born.

    He is one of 69 babies born in 2018 whose names are displayed ...

  • 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 training simulations.

    Sue, a consumer representative and volunteer at Peninsula Health, uses her insight from working in the healthcare field and her own experiences as a patient to get into character for each scenario.

    “One particular situation involved my father collapsing at home before he was rushed to hospital to try to resuscitate him,” recalls Sue, describing a simulation where she played the concerned relative.

    “Afterwards the doctor said the scenario was so realistic he had tears in his eyes when he was talking to me. It is so valuable to have something more lifelike ...

  • Inaugural Reconciliation Football Netball Match

    Red Hill Football Netball club members Jemelya Gadsby and Shaydon Bloomfield with their designs used for the Reconciliation Match football jumper and netball bib. 

    Red Hill and Crib Point Football Netball Clubs will play in the first Reconciliation Match to be held on the Peninsula on 18 May, ahead of Reconciliation Week.

    The Match, which will be held at Red Hill, has been organised by the two clubs involved in the clash, Peninsula Health, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Narim Marr Djambana and Willum Warrain Aboriginal Associations.

    “We hope this local ‘grass-roots’, joint effort will encourage other local sporting clubs to follow the lead of the AFL Reconciliation Action Plan program and strive toward creating a more culturally welcoming sporting environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” says Graham Sherry, President of Red Hill Football Netball Club.

    The day ...

  • Helping newborn babies this Mother’s Day

    Amy Foster is one of many new Mums celebrating their first Mother’s Day this year, made all the more special now that Sonny is home after spending a month in the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital.

    “Sonny was teeny tiny – he was only 1762 grams (3 pound, 8 ounces) when he was born,” explains Amy.

    “He was born at 34 weeks but he was only 31 weeks in size – so he has had a bit of catching up to do.”

    The first few weeks of Sonny’s life were challenging for the family – Amy spent two weeks on the Maternity Ward recovering from pre-eclampsia and Sonny was in the Special Care Nursery.

    It was here Sonny was diagnosed with jaundice. If jaundice is not identified and treated quickly in newborns, it can lead to liver damage and in the worst cases, ...

  • Time to Take a Break for Cancer

    Competitive bowler and local Mum Jeanette was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after having a regular mammogram.

    “My lump was 9.5cm in diameter – it wasn’t small,” explains Jeanette.

    When given the choice where to receive her treatment Jeanette quickly opted to have her care at Peninsula Health, because she lives so close to Frankston Hospital.

    Being able to have treatments locally meant the least disruption to her regular activities, like looking after her niece’s children, staying involved in an outreach program and of course continuing with her bowling.

    “It was awesome being able to have the treatment at Frankston Hospital. If I couldn’t drive my son could easily drop me off, I’d get a taxi or they’d help organise a pick up for me,” adds Jeanette.

    Take a Break for Cancer is raising funds for local cancer services at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals, so more people like Jeanette can ...

  • Keep your blood pressure in check

    High blood pressure triggers more heart attacks and strokes in Victoria than any other cause.

    Dr Phil Carrillo, Head of the Peninsula Health Heart Service, shares some advice on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

    Dr Phil’s simple rules:

  • Stop adding salt to your cooking & remove salt from the dinner table.
  • Go for a brisk half hour walk every day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Your weight in kilograms should ideally be same number as your height in centimetres minus 100.
  • Try to follow the Mediterranean diet; meat twice a week, fish twice a week, fresh fruit and vegetables every day and eat only what is in season.
  • No more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day, with at least three alcohol-free days a week.
  • A short siesta after lunch is good for you, if you have the time!
  • Monitoring your blood pressure

    It is important to detect high blood pressure early, before too much ...