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  • From student to surgical intern – a world of change

    The following blog is written by Dr Giselle Dela Cruz, a medical intern at Peninsula Health. 

    Medicine is a world of change. Headlines are born from the research that comes out of health professionals' careers and every consultant has a story about how medicine was taught in their day. As health professionals, we live in this constant movement and it is our responsibility to manage it. On a more local level, our work depends on acknowledging the differences in all stages of life and how new goals can change our care. Teams work to smooth the transition from primary care to hospitals, from hospitals to subacute, from all levels of care to places patients can call home. We do all of this while reconciling the changes that occur in our professional and personal lives.

    As a junior doctor, I have felt this first hand – from the initial ...

  • Local classic car enthusiasts raise funds for Rosebud Hospital

    More than 180 classic car enthusiasts came together in Tyabb to catch up, talk cars and raise money for Rosebud Hospital.

    “We’re just a group of fellows who enjoy each other’s company and cars,” says Peter Bennett, from the Peninsula Boys Car Enthusiasts.

    “Because we’re all getting old codgers down here a few of our blokes have had to use the service which is why we decided to raise money for our local hospital.”

    “We’re very fortunate to have a facility like Rosebud Hospital on the Peninsula and we just want to give as much money as we can to it.”

    The Peninsula Boys Car Enthusiasts has raised more than $20,000 for Rosebud Hospital over the years, including their recent donation of $2,500

    At their flagship event of year on 27 February there were classic cars lined up as far as the eye could see, as well as a BBQ, Shonky ...

  • Baby Autumn makes early arrival, just in time for Christmas

    It was a few days before Christmas and Afton Nido, who was pregnant with her first baby, had just finished work for the year and was looking forward to a restful break with her family.

    However her baby had other ideas.

    “I woke up on Friday night with sharp abdominal pain so I went to the hospital. Six hours later on Saturday morning I had Autumn via an emergency C-section just shy of 31 weeks,” recalls Afton.

    “I had no idea we were going to have her when we went into Frankston Hospital that night.”

    “I developed very severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome but I didn’t know it at the time. Usually high blood pressure is a warning sign but I didn’t have that symptom prior to being admitted.”

    Baby Autumn was born on 23 December weighing 1.56kgs. She was then transferred to another hospital for a few weeks, before returning ...

  • How to eat well, age well and prevent falls

    The following article is written by the Peninsula Health Falls Prevention Service.

    It's Falls Prevention Week at Peninsula Health.

    Do you know someone wasting away on a diet of little more than tea and toast? Do you have an elderly friend or relative who believes that now that they are older it’s okay to be thin and that it is normal to fall? They may feel they don’t need much food, especially protein. Well, we would like to equip you to combat these myths!

    Maintaining muscle and bone strength while ageing is vital in order for older people to lead independent and active lives, reduce their falls and injury risk, and enjoy improved health and well-being.

    Here are our top 5 tips for people over 65 years to eat well, age well and prevent falls:

    1) Include protein rich foods at each meal and after strengthening exercises.

    Protein rich foods ...

  • Community show their support for Rosebud Hospital

    The second Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal has been a smashing success, raising a whopping $63,000 for the Emergency Department.

    The funds were raised thanks to generous donations from local people, clubs, groups and businesses this past summer. The final tally was announced by Peninsula Health CEO, Felicity Topp, at a special afternoon tea to thank volunteers and donors on 23 March.

    Kim Rogers, Nurse Unit Manager of Rosebud Emergency Department, says all of the doctors and nurses would like to say a special thank you.

    “We are absolutely humbled by the support we have received from the community for the Rosebud Hospital Summer Appeal.”

    “We are thrilled to be able to purchase vital medical equipment for our Emergency Department, so our doctors and nurses have everything they need to provide you with the best of care, close to home,” says Kim.

    Some of the items being purchased include work stations on ...

  • Peninsula Health launches new family violence strategy

    Pictured left to right:Jenny Chapman, Project Manager, Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence, Royal Women’s Hospital; Safe Steps advocate Suchitra, who also shared her story at the launch; Louisa Whitwam, Project Lead, Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence, Peninsula Health; Rosie Batty; Felicity Topp, Chief Executive, Peninsula Health, Lyn Jamieson, Chief Operating Officer, Peninsula Health.  

    Former Australian of the Year and family violence campaigner Rosie Batty has applauded Peninsula Health for its new strategy to tackle family violence.

    “For some families this change can’t come soon enough,” said Ms Batty, when addressing almost 100 Peninsula Health doctors, nurses, allied health staff and managers at the launch of the strategy last week.

    “I know the work you are doing will make a significant difference and I’m pleased that all of the people who come through the doors to this health service will be treated with a ...

  • Brady’s first trip to Hospital

    Seven-year-old Brady got a behind the scenes look at what his Mum, Peninsula Health Nurse Faye Swift, does every day after a nasty eye infection that saw him spend three nights in hospital.

    “He had this slow-burning eye infection that started to look a bit dodgy so we went to Rosebud Emergency and then got transferred to the paediatric section at Frankston Hospital,” explains Faye.

    “We’re told if he didn’t come into hospital when he did, the cellulitis that he had would have spread into behind his eye, causing a major infection that potentially could have caused him to lose his sight.”

    Faye says she credits the doctors and nurses with making Brady’s first trip to hospital a much less scary experience.

    “Anything new is a big deal for him, so coming into hospital when he’s already in pain was huge and he had a lot of fear about what ...

  • Doctor born at Frankston Hospital returns to deliver the next generation of babies

    Dr Amy Swanson was born at Frankston Hospital and now, a few decades later she’s the one delivering babies as the new senior registrar in the Women’s Health Unit.

    “I’ve lived in Seaford all my life apart from when I went away to Canberra briefly for medical school, so Frankston is my hood,” laughs Dr Swanson.

    “It’s good to be able to work close to home and give back to my community by supporting women in my local area.”

    Dr Swanson joins Peninsula Health from Eastern Health, where she has done the majority of her training to specialise as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. But her career path nearly went in a completely different direction.

    “I actually wanted to be an actor which is why I did an Arts/ Science degree,” explains Dr Swanson.

    “My Mum always jokes that I’m working in the wrong theatre!”

    It was while she was doing research for ...

  • A Giving Mind

    Every year, thousands of people give generously to Peninsula Health because they want to ensure everyone across the Peninsula has access to world-class care, close to home.

    Melinda King is a wonderful local resident, who gives regularly, and who typifies the generosity and commitment of so many people in our local community.

    “I have been a Peninsula resident for over 30 years,” says Melinda. “I feel it’s part and parcel of living here to support our hospitals in Rosebud and Frankston, which we have used for many members of our family.”

    Melinda lives in Mt Martha and has brought up two children in the area. Both of her now adult children were treated at Frankston Hospital when they were much younger.

    Liam spent a few days there when he had gastro as a baby, and Nick needed urgent treatment on a number ...

  • A life saved

    Your donations saving lives on the Peninsula

    Greg Fisher had just returned home from a trip overseas when he noticed his skin had turned a yellowish tone and he started to feel unwell.

    “I thought I’d been bitten by a mosquito and had malaria – but I was wrong,” says Greg.

    Luckily for the retiree, doctors at Frankston Hospital were able to diagnose what was making him sick fast, using a special piece of equipment recently purchased through the support of the local community.

    The Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and EndoBronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) finds the cause of symptoms such as abdominal or chest pains quickly, diagnosing conditions like cancer so doctors can start treatment as soon as possible.

    “We didn’t have any equipment like this before”

    Head of Endoscopy, Dr Leon Fisher, says many people benefit each year from using the ...