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Our littlest patients

Kathy McMahon – Paediatrics. In the six years since Dr Kathy McMahon took over as Clinical Director of Paediatrics at Peninsula Health, there has been seismic change. “We had only one Outpatient clinic when I started in 2012, we now have about 28 different clinics as well as our Outreach service, where we are in […]

In their hands

Mr Peter Evans in surgery. Mr Peter Evans, our new Clinical Director of Surgery, shares what it’s really like inside our operating theatres, where lives are saved and changed every day. Last year our surgeons performed 19,474 surgeries. “Having someone’s life in your hands is about the biggest responsibility you can have,” says Peter, who […]

Advance Care Planning on the agenda for Singaporean delegation visit to Peninsula Health

Dr Raymond Ng and Peninsula Health Chief Executive Felicity Topp at Frankston Hospital.  Peninsula Health recently hosted a delegation of medical, allied health and nursing staff from Singapore’s Regional Healthcare Systems, to discuss how the two countries manage Advance Care Planning. Dr Fergus McGee and Belinda Berry, who lead the Advance Care Planning (ACP) program […]

Getting patients home sooner

Nurse Unit Manager Karly with patient Sandy. Nurse Unit Manager Karly Hudgson has led a new project to discharge five patients before 10am daily on the busiest ward at Frankston Hospital, the Surgical Short Stay Unit (SSSU). “The SSSU can admit and discharge more than 100 patients in one week,” explains Karly. “This is double […]

Mental health care, support and planning in the Emergency Department

When people in a mental health crisis come to Frankston Emergency Department, Tonya Chique and Emma Carlton are part of our specialist team who are there to help. The Mental Health Clinician/ Consultation Liaison team provide assessment, treatment and planning for patients with co-morbid mental health and physical health needs who have presented to the […]

From Austria to Australia – Q&A with pharmacy student Birgit

Austrian pharmacy student Birgit Reienhofer has recently finished placement at Frankston Hospital. Birgit shares some highlights of her time at Peninsula Health and what she, as a final year pharmacy student, believes are the biggest differences between how pharmacists work in Austria and Australia. Q: Why did you decide to come to Australia to do […]

Caring for kids – and their parents – in the Emergency Department

Simone Wright says team at Frankston Emergency Department went above and beyond to care for her son after he suffered a serious concussion, and also herself, as a worried Mum. “Caiden was playing tag at school when he fell and hit his head,” explains Simone. “We took him to the GP and he was fine. […]

Couple embark on 800km trek to raise funds for Frankston Hospital

Today Hazel McBride and Ian Birkinhead start the Camino de Santiago – an 800km trek from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago in Spain. The couple, who are in their sixties, are doing the walk to raise funds for Frankston Hospital, after their experiences as patients. In 2016, Hazel had a knee […]

New Women’s Health Unit Manager leads implementation of innovative model of care

Midwifery Unit Manager Zoe McKewen (centre) with Associate Midwifery Unit Managers Sue Sewell and Amy Cameron.  Midwifery is a very challenging, but rewarding job according to Frankston Hospital’s newly appointed Midwifery Unit Manager, Zoe McKewen. “Supporting women through their pregnancy, birth and beyond journey is a privileged and humbling role,” says Zoe. “I feel comfortable […]

Penny’s remarkable rehab journey and recovery post stroke

When Rye grandmother Penny Berkshire had a stroke last year, she was left paralysed on her right side. However after working with the rehabilitation team at Golf Links Road and completing the Stroke Detours Program, she can now walk again, drive again and is hoping to be back on the golf course soon. “I had […]