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Tanya is on fire

Tanya can put out a fire in 31.9 seconds. How long will it take her to complete a marathon? From caring for critically ill patients in Peninsula Health’s Intensive Care Unit to volunteering with the Frankston SES to running marathons – Tanya McRae is a woman on a mission. “I know first-hand how important it […]

Dignity with Dementia

Carinya resident Bruce Davis and wife Lindy Davis at Ernie’s Cafe, Golf Links Road. On a summer’s night just after Christmas, Mornington man Bruce Davis showered, got dressed and then disappeared into the vastness of his 25-acre property. “We had to get the police involved – we had officers, the helicopter and the dog squad […]

Free massages help relieve cancer patients’ symptoms on ward 5FS

Ronald and oncology masseuse Julie. Patients on 5FS, Peninsula Health’s Oncology and Haematology Ward at Frankston Hospital, now have access to specialist massages thanks to Dry July. McCrae local Ronald Carter, who has blood cancer, says the massages have helped offset the side-effects of his treatment. “They fill me up with saline overnight as part […]

Being a midwife comes with the privilege to be part of the most special moments in people’s lives

Helping women give birth is a special experience and one that sometimes brings tears of joy for graduate midwife Bernadette Pulis. “The thing I love most about being a midwife is when parents see their baby for the first time after they’re born – it’s honestly such a privilege to be part of that incredible […]

People with flu urged to avoid visiting friends and family in hospital

Peninsula Health is urging all members of the local community to avoid visiting friends and family in hospital if the visitor is feeling unwell, especially with flu-like symptoms. “This is the worst flu season this decade,” says Dr Tim Williams, Peninsula Health’s Executive Director of Medical Services. “It is vital that we do all we […]

Quick thinking helps Portsea man make full recovery from stroke

Jonathan Laycock thought his chainsaw blade must have been blunt when he started having severe vibrations down his right side while using the power tool. “I put the chainsaw down, turned it off and then I lost everything down the right side – speech, movement of my arms and legs, so I was cemented to […]

From Edinburgh to Frankston – the psychiatrist passionate about helping people with mental illness

Experienced psychiatrist, keen fly fisherman and Peninsula local, Associate Professor Richard Newton, has re-joined the team at Peninsula Health as our new Clinical Director of Mental Health. “Part of what drives me is trying to improve services to people in the community with significant mental health problems,” explains Richard, who has returned after almost a […]

Bubbles, bears and cards – volunteers and staff make hospital a bit less scary for two-year-old asthma sufferer

Maddison is now feeling much better. Pictured right: Maddison with the doll given to her by a volunteer. It all started with a cold for two-year-old Maddison and escalated to an asthma attack, which saw the Langwarrin toddler rushed to the Frankston Hospital Emergency Department (ED) for treatment. “She’d had a cold for a few […]

Giving back to the community – Patient Companion Volunteer Karen Budden

Karen with patient Tina on Ward 5FN at Frankston Hospital. We sat down with volunteer Karen Budden to learn about her role and how she is making a difference at Peninsula Health. Why did you decide to volunteer at the hospital? After spending a lot of time in and out of hospital over the past […]

Supporting first-time Mums and their babies

When Brooke Chain found out she was pregnant, she knew straight away where she wanted to have her first baby. “I picked Frankston Hospital because it’s local and they have the Special Care Nursery right there if anything did go wrong,” explains Brooke. “I’ve heard plenty of people pick Frankston Hospital over private hospitals when […]