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  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Nicole Kruithoff

    Peninsula Health Clinic Nurse Specialist Nicole Kruithoff.

    For Nicole Kruithoff, some things have to be done in person.  

    While so many of our patients are taking advantage of telehealth through phone and video consultations, our haematology patients continue to safely come into the health service for their blood cancer treatment.

    This is where Nicole comes in, as one of our amazing Clinical Nurse Specialists, who’s been with us for the past seven years.

    Even behind the mask, she’s providing reassuring patient-centred care for our chemotherapy patients, some of whom may have heightened concerns about the risks associated with Covid-19.

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

  • Celebrating Telehealth Awareness Month

    Rosie House, a Senior Occupational Therapist in Hand Therapy, demonstrates the benefits of telehealth.

    October is Telehealth Awareness Month, and the perfect time to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our community in embracing the virtual model of care.

    Thanks to telehealth, Peninsula Health is able to provide safe, personal, effective and connected care, without patients having to leave their home.

    Through the guidance and leadership of our Improvement and Innovation Team, more than 100 services are using the virtual platform to consult with patients across Peninsula Health. From Hand Therapy to Mental Health, Children’s Services to Oncology, our patients are continuing to receive world class care – virtually – thanks to our health service adopting, and adapting to, this new way of working.

    “Our patients have embraced the new way of connecting with care providers and have largely driven the adoption on telehealth,” says Improvement & Innovation Advisor, Naomi ...

  • “Reassuring, calm and professional”: Frankston woman on her Emergency Department experience

    Frankston woman Anne Thompson was watching television when her heart went into arrhythmia. Photo: Supplied.

    Almost two weeks after an unplanned ambulance trip to the Emergency Department at Frankston Hospital, Frankston resident Anne Thompson can’t wipe the smile off her face.

    While watching the evening news, the 66-year-old’s heart suddenly began racing at a faster than normal rate - a type of arrhythmia, known as tachycardia.

    “As soon as I arrived in the treatment area, I was being monitored and undergoing a whole series of tests,” says Anne.

    “I was so impressed from the moment I came in. The staff were reassuring, calm and professional and the modern Emergency Department gave me, as a patient, a high degree of privacy.”

    Following treatment and a period of observation, Anne got help from one of our nurses who organised a taxi to get her home. We’re happy to report she’s doing well and is undergoing a ...

  • Pop-up Covid-19 Screening Clinic opening outside PARC

    A Covid-19 Screening Clinic is popping-up outside PARC in Frankston.

    We’re opening a Covid-19 Screening Clinic outside PARC – Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre - in Frankston. 

    Our staff are operating this pop-up walk-in testing location daily from tomorrow (1 October), between 8.30am and 4pm, accessible via Olive Grove.

    Limited parking is available. 

    Get tested quickly and locally at the first sign of coronavirus symptoms, however mild. 

    You do not need an appointment or GP referral.

    For other testing locations around Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, please see our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Screening Clinics Information page.

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Kaitlyn Drew

    Peninsula Health Emergency Nurse Kaitlyn Drew

    When a patient’s journey begins in the Emergency Department, Frankston Hospital emergency nurse Kaitlyn Drew is there to provide comfort and care in those critical early hours. 

    Holistic care is at the heart of what she does - administering medication, cleaning bandages and even providing emotional support, not only to the patient, but also their family.

    As an ED nurse, Kaitlyn remains calm in a fast paced and often stressful environment. She evaluates and treats patients alongside specialist colleagues, together striving to provide the highest-quality care for our patients. 

    Thank you Kaitlyn for caring for our community through Covid-19

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Sony Sunny

    Peninsula Health Associate Nurse Unit Manager Sony Sunny

    Associate Nurse Unit Managers like Sony Sunny play an important day-to-day clinical leadership role, for both our staff and patients alike. 

    Working in Port Phillip Ward at Frankston Hospital, he plays an integral part in the team alongside the Nurse Unit Manager, who together promote person-centred care.

    He’s passionate about seeing patient and client care planned for, implemented and maintained at a consistently high standard. 

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


  • New therapy alternative for adults with immune deficiencies

    Gary Jean with the Infusion Centre’s Nurse Unit Manager Sharon Ellis.

    Peninsula Health patients with primary immune deficiencies now have access to a new therapy alternative, giving adults the opportunity to safely give themselves an infusion from the comfort of home.

    Frankston Hospital Infusion Centre Nurse Unit Manager Sharon Ellis says consumers are taught how to treat themselves with a Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin infusions (SCIg), with a spring loaded syringe driver.

    “Having access to this therapy will offer patients greater autonomy and flexibility to undergo their regular infusions at a time which suits them, improving their quality of life,” says Sharon.

    “We have around 20 to 30 patients who could benefit from the program, many of whom are coming into the health service every three or four weeks, under their current form of treatment.”

    The liquid part of blood, known as plasma, is used to make SCIg – a purified immunoglobulin which ...

  • Faces of Peninsula Health: Meet Sylvia Watson

    Peninsula Health Ward Clerk Sylvia Watson

    When our consumers, visitors and staff go into Walker Ward at Rosebud Hospital, there’s a good chance Ward Clerk Sylvia Watson is the first face they’ll see. While her smile may be hidden by a mask these days, Sylvia’s continuing to be the friendly and helpful voice she’s always been - ever since arriving at the health service in 1996. Described as “a heartbeat of the unit”, Sylvia’s day sees her doing a variety of things: from answering calls from the public to coordinating transport for consumers between home and their appointments. Colleagues say Walker Ward runs smoothly and efficiently, in part because of Sylvia’s great rapport with the rotating Intern team of doctors, who look to her for support throughout their rotations. Thank you Sylvia for caring for our community through Covid-19.
  • Q&A with Peninsula Health’s Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, Sue Leake

    Peninsula Health's Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, Sue Leake

    The following is a Q&A with Peninsula Health's Elder Abuse Liaison Officer, Sue Leake.

    What is your professional background?

    I am a qualified social worker with numerous years of experience in a variety of settings and roles including direct service, community development, case supervision and program management.

    Why did you decide to work in the field of elder abuse?

    I have worked in aged care for a long time, specifically with people living with dementia and their families. I am motivated by a belief in social justice. I am passionate about implementing a best-practice service response to older people who are vulnerable to elder abuse and the service providers that support them.

    When did you start at Peninsula Health and what does your role involve?

    A friend sent me a link to the Elder Abuse Liaison Officer role last year while I was on ...

  • Celebrating Dietitians Day 2020

    Valued members of Peninsula Health's Dietetics Department will be celebrating Dietitians Day 2020 

    The following blog post is written by the Peninsula Health Dietetics Department

    Today (18 September 2020) is Dietitians Day!

    This year is extra special as 2020 marks 90 years of dietetics as a profession in Australia.

    What is a dietitian?

    Dietitians are clinicians who have obtained qualifications through University courses accredited by Dietitians Australia.

    Dietitians provide people with both food and nutrition-related information and support, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Dietitians are trained to assist in managing medical conditions through diet.

    Meal tips to thrive during lockdown:

    • Borrow, swap or buy a new cookbook for inspiration. Isolation can be a fantastic time to try out some new recipes or cuisines.
    • Set up your dining table as if you are in a restaurant. Remember to play some fitting music (try searching Spotify for restaurant music to suit different cuisine types). ...