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  • Elderly Urged to Beat the Flu Bug

    With this year’s flu season just around the corner, forty thousand elderly people on the Peninsula are being urged to get their annual flu shot.

    Peninsula Health’s Executive Director, Medical, Frankston Acute Care and Quality, Dr Peter Bradford, said now is the time for our elderly and others at risk, to get protected against the flu bug.

    “Influenza is not just a bad cold, it’s a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease and an outbreak of influenza can spread very quickly by just coughing or sneezing”, explains Dr Bradford.

    “Symptoms include fever, body aches, sore throat, exhaustion, headache and cough. Once struck down by the flu, a person usually needs several days of bed rest to recover”.

    The flu is very inconvenient and miserable for most people, but for some it is far more serious and can lead to life threatening complications.

    As Dr Bradford explains, “Over 2,500 Australians die each year from influenza-related complications, ...

  • Doctor finishes top of class – wins coveted medal

    Dr Lucinda Smith has finished top of her class and won the coveted Maddison Medallion from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

    Dr Smith is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Frankston Hospital and the Spray Street Community Care Unit. She joined Peninsula Health as an Intern and is the first Fellow of the College to complete all of their training with the Peninsula Health Psychiatric Services.

    “This prestigious award is given to a postgraduate trainee for the most outstanding performance in the College Fellowship training and exams,” Associate Professor Richard Newton, Clinical Director Psychiatric Services, Peninsula Health said.

    “Dr Smith is a very talented Psychiatrist and was selected for the award out of all trainees in Australia and New Zealand who completed their fellowship in 2007.”

    The Maddison Medallion was established by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1968 to recognise and encourage excellence in the study ...

  • New partnership hitting aces

    A donation by the Long Island Tennis Club is putting clients at Peninsula Health’s Community Care Unit (CCU) on the court where they are sure to serve a few aces.

    The partnership gives staff and clients from CCU access to the club’s tennis court facilities.

    Clients Ryan and Jason joined Occupational Therapist Michelle Murphy for a friendly game of tennis with Ryan managing to serve a few aces along the way.

    “CCU is a residential psychosocial rehabilitation program that provides twenty four hour clinical support and treatment to people with mental illnesses and psychosocial disabilities,” said Michelle.

    “We run group programs every day which include leisure based activities such as swimming, basketball and art and skill-based activities such as cooking and cleaning. The activities are an important part of rehabilitation, improving clients’ physical and mental health, social skills and increasing their confidence.”

    “Many of our clients have an interest in tennis so it’s great ...

  • Do it for your joints – join the walk

    Walking is not only good for the heart – it’s good for your joints and muscles too.

    The Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Centre is calling on local residents to join the Southern Peninsula Joint Walk on Monday, 7 April, to help celebrate Arthritis Awareness Week.

    “Arthritis is Australia’s major cause of disability with one in six people having some form of the disease,” said Kate McGrath, Allied Health Assistant, Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Centre, Peninsula Health.

    “The good news - arthritis can be managed and in some cases prevented by taking part in regular physical activity such as walking, strength training and water exercises,” said Kate.

    The Southern Peninsula Joint Walk is a fun, self paced walk along the Rosebud foreshore (up to 2.6km), beginning and finishing at the Rosebud Bowls Club. Following the walk, participants can join staff from the Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Centre at an afternoon tea to discuss the different walks and ...

  • No ‘falling’ around this April Falls’ Day

    Pat Banson doesn't know exactly how it happened but remembers it vividly.

    The 76-year-old McCrae resident was making her bed when her foot got caught in the sheets on the floor, causing her to lose balance and trip over. She remembers an agonising pain shooting up her back.

    Suffering from a fractured sacrum (a bone near the tail end of the spine), Pat spent several days in hospital undergoing rehabilitation. Unable to walk properly and complete simple tasks she was forced to stay with her daughter. Three months on Pat finally feels the pain is subsiding; she is able to resume her normal lifestyle but is fearful of a repeat episode.

    “It happened so quickly and the pain was terrible - making the bed is such an easy little thing. I remember becoming quite depressed because I found it hard to move around and wasn’t allowed to drive," she said.

    “Pat’s ...

  • Pinkies celebrate 40 years

    The Frankston Hospital Pink Ladies are turning 40 and are paying a special tribute to their longest serving volunteer, Shirley Wragge, who has been with the auxiliary since it first began in 1968.

    Shirley, who lives in Seaford, works one day a week as a Duty Officer and still finds every day just as rewarding as the first.

    “I have always enjoyed the company of the other Pink Ladies and meeting the lovely people that come through the hospital,” she said.

    “Wednesdays are my hospital days – I’ve had a go at everything, from delivering flowers and newspapers to patients, organising their TVs to working in the kiosk. I still remember when we used to prepare morning and afternoon tea for the patients and help during meal times.”

    40 years on Shirley says there’s no sign of giving up yet. “It can be hard work sometimes but I would miss it terribly.”

    During ...

  • Elective Surgery Blitz

    An extra 540 elective surgery patients from across the Peninsula will be treated this year, as part of a federal and state government funding blitz to assist hospitals to perform additional elective surgery.

    “The additional 540 patients to be treated will include some semi-urgent patients and non-urgent patients, whose wait for surgery has exceeded the recommended time,” said Peninsula Health’s Executive Director for Medical, Frankston Acute Care and Quality, Dr Peter Bradford.

    “The extra funding is good news for these people”.

    “This funding will enable a broad range of additional operations to be performed in areas including General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Gynaecology, Vascular Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology and Paediatric Surgery”.

    Dr Bradford said patients were being contacted and approximately 295 additional operations would occur before the 1st of July.

    “Peninsula Health performs more than 7,000 elective surgery procedures and 4,000 emergency surgery procedures every year”.

    “The additional operations will be scheduled at Frankston Hospital’s Main Theatres ...

  • Frankston ACE volunteers double in number

    Since beginning in October 2005, the number of Red Cross ACE volunteers in the Frankston Hospital Emergency Department has almost doubled.

    ACE volunteers are part of the Red Cross Assistance and Care in Emergency Departments (ACE) program. They provide practical and emotional support to patients and their family and carers attending Victorian Hospital Emergency Departments.

    There are now almost 70 volunteers helping to bring a smile to the faces of patients and families who visit to the busy Frankston Emergency Department

    Frankston resident Graeme Kendall has been a volunteer with Frankston Hospital since the ACE program first started and is now the joint convenor of the program alongside Anne Boal.

    “I used Red Cross Patient Transport for seven weeks when I was undergoing treatment,” said Graeme, “this volunteer program lets me give back to the community,”

    “We comfort those in distress, so our tasks range from providing warm blankets for patients and their families, ...

  • New technology a boost for Radiology

    2008 is shaping up to be a big year for the Frankston Hospital Radiology Department.

    A new x-ray room opened and earlier this month, the CR (Computed Radiography) component of the PACS project went live.

    PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) is the digital distribution of X-ray images and reports to the wards and departments of Peninsula Health.

    The project is part of the Department of Human Services’ HealthSMART technology program. The $360 million program aims to improve patient care, reduce the administrative burden on health care professionals and ease the costs associated with updating technical infrastructure within the public health care system.

    “The system enables images such as X-rays and scans to be stored electronically on screens, so that doctors and other health professionals can access the information and compare it with previous images at the touch of a button,” said Alan O’Brien, PACS Project Manager, Peninsula Health.

    “Benefits include instant access to ...

  • 30 years and still smiling

    91-year-old Ursula Clements is the Blairgowrie Auxiliary’s longest serving member with an incredible 30 years of service behind her.

    The Rye resident has helped raise funds for Rosebud Hospital by baking cakes, volunteering in the hospital canteen and organising card nights.

    Her tip for the perfect sponge cake – tasty cream and just the right amount of icing.

    Originally from Caulfield, Ursula moved to the Mornington Peninsula during the 1970’s. Joining the auxiliary was a chance for her to make new friends and be involved in the community.

    Ursula and other volunteers with Peninsula Health will be honoured at the Volunteers’ Appreciation Lunch on Friday 16 May.