New sitting room

Rehab room 1The Medical Ward at Sale Hospital now has a sitting room for Rehabilitation patients.

 The room has been set up for sub-acute patients to have an area to eat their meals in a relaxing home-like environment, relax after their allied physiotherapy sessions and retreat of an evening. 

 This room will assist with the transition of patients to home, helping them to feel more independent and making their time in hospital a much more pleasant experience. 

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Trial of new product

The CGH Dialysis Unit has been trialling a new product called “Cool Sense” to replace the local anaesthetic injection. 

The new applicator was researched and trialled at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne due to a statewide initiative change of policy relating to Hepatitis B infection control in HD units with decreasing sharps in the workplace. After the trialling of “Cool Sense” in the Dialysis Unit, it was a topic of discussion as a priority at the last Occupational Health and Safety meeting at CGH. Other Units within CGH may also trial “Cool Sense”.

CGH Clinical Nurse Consultant for Dialysis, Wendy Yarram, said every needle stick injury was expensive. “This is highly stressful time for any staff member who has been injured as they need to be tested and wait for results to see if they have contracted blood-borne diseases,” Wendy said

“Cool Sense” is an applicator that is stored in the freezer. Part of the applicator is metal and when applied to the skin for up to 15 seconds the patient will experience a numbing sensation in the localised area. There is a safety mechanism in built that eliminates cold burn on the skin.

CGH has only one applicator at this time.  Another has been ordered to enable the two applicators to be rotated. Once the applicator has been used, it needs to be returned to the freezer for a period of over 10 minutes before it is ready for use again. If two patients are requiring dialysis at the same time, one applicator may not be sufficient for the Dialysis Unit due to required freezer time.

Wendy said dialysis patients at CGH may be used to needles but thanks to this new trial, they could at least avoid one less needle in their treatment.

“The applicator is easy to use, no fuss and less invasive for patients. The needles used for the Dialysis Unit are large bore needles and can be very painful. By removing the injection there is less risk to staff and infection for the patient.

“The staff are happy with the product and the overall feedback from patients participating in the trial has been very positive”.

 

 

 

 

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My Health Record opt out period announced

More than five millions Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information, delivering better health outcomes for patients and their treating doctors and specialists.

Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.

The My Health Record system and opt out process has the full support of all state and territory governments, who unanimously agreed to this plan in August 2017 at COAG Health Council.

My Health Record also has the unanimous support from Australia’s peak health bodies, including the Australian Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and the Consumer Health Forum.

The protection of patient information is critical and the My Health Record system has strong safeguards in place to protect the health data. It is also subject to some of the strongest legislation in the world to prevent unauthorised use.

Australians can cancel their My Health Record at any time after the end of the opt out period – or create one, if they opted out.

A national communications strategy will be implemented to inform all Australians of the benefits of digital health, and to explain the opt out process. During the opt out period individuals who do not want a record will be able to opt out by visiting the My Health Record website or by calling 1800 723 471 for phone based assistance.

Forms will be provided on request, and additional support will be provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people with limited digital literacy, and those living in rural and remote regions.

The Agency is partnering with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and its state affiliates to raise awareness of My Health Record with healthcare providers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and to provide on the ground support for individuals who choose to opt out.

Australia’s 31 Primary Health Networks will also support their local communities with tailored communications on My Health Record, in partnership with consumer and clinical peak bodies and state and territory governments. The benefits will be explained for audiences in both health and non-health settings including GP practices, pharmacies, hospitals, as well as corporate and consumer contexts.

Individuals will be able to ask their healthcare provider not to add specific test reports and other medical information to their My Health Record. Individuals can also restrict access to specific information in their record by applying a Limited Access Code to that that specific document – or by applying a Personal Access Code to the entire record.

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Living with cancer

The Living with Cancer Education Program (LWCEP) is developed to support people diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends.

It is a facilitated group education program that provides information and the opportunity for discussion and group interaction.

The program was run at CGH in April and facilitated by Oncology nurses Loretta Phelan and Denise McMillan who completed the Cancer Council Victoria LWCEP facilitator training. It was well attended by current patients, their family members and friends.

Presenters on the day were Haematologist Dr Amanda Ormerod, Exercise Physiologist Patrick Tainsh, Dietitian Madeline Hinder and Pharmacist Michelle Garner.

A range of topics were discussed including managing medications and the side effects of chemotherapy,  the benefits of exercise after a cancer diagnosis, during and after treatment and  healthy eating plans. Smoothies and hot chocolate were made using Sustagen recipes which everyone got to taste…and they really did taste good!

Dr Ormerod’s talk included an interesting video on blood from blood donation, production and storage of blood products to blood crossmatch and the role of the blood transfusions in cancer management.   

Thank you to the presenters for their enthusiasm and participation in the program making the day such a success. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive.

Also thank you to the kitchen for presenting such a delicious spread for morning tea and lunch.

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Donation to Emergency Department

 The purchase of new equipment for Sale Hospital’s Emergency Department has been made possible through a donation from Esso/BHP Billiton Gippsland Basin Joint Venture.

The donation of $9339 has secured equipment including a trauma stretcher, a Pulse Oximeter and spine board extrication device.

Central Gippsland Health Chief Executive Frank Evans said this latest donation brought Esso/BHP’s total support to CGHS over many years to more than $400,000.

“This financial support means we can purchase additional, much needed equipment for our hospital,” he said.

“The Esso/BHP joint venture has been a generous donor to CGHS for many years allowing us to purchase this equipment for the benefit of our community.”

Esso Longford Plants Manager, David Anderson, visited Sale Hospital to see the new equipment in operation in the Emergency Department.

He said the Esso/BHP joint venture contributions program had been supporting the Sale Hospital for 35 years.

“Esso has always had a strong focus on giving back to the communities where we operate so we are extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with the hospital,” Mr Anderson said.

“This donation is another example of the significant investment Esso has been making to the Gippsland community for our nearly five decades of operation.”

The M9 trauma stretcher is designed in accordance with hospital bed standards and is fully electric to reduce manual handling, with a contouring radiolucent deck for full length X-ray imaging.

The Pulse Oximeter is a medical device that indirectly monitors the Pulse Oximeter oxygen saturation of a patient’s blood and changes in blood volume in the skin.

The spine board extrication device is used for the immobilisation and transportation of patients, especially when trauma to the spine is suspected. It is designed to provide rigid support during movement of a person with suspected spinal or limb injuries and secures the head, neck and torso to reduce further injury after an incident.

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Top award for CGH

 

Pictured about (clockwise from left) at the Patients Awards Night were Community Network and Volunteer Support Officer, Jude Deedman, Senior Executive Services Administrator, Rebecca Gunning and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Millar; Consumer Representative from St Vincent’s, Jas Stretton with General Manager Quality Improvement and Innovation, Kelli Mitchener; and Kellie and Jude.

 

Central Gippsland Health has been named runner-up for the “Most Outstanding Regional Hospital in Australia”.

 Hosted by the Australian Patients Association, the award was given because CGH has consistently demonstrated its commitment to public online feedback.

 CGH Chief Executive, Dr Frank Evans, said the service was honoured to receive an award based on feedback from patients.

 “We have introduced a range of initiatives across all campuses to ensure patients and clients are always at the centre of care,” Dr Evans said.  “I want to thank all staff across our four campuses who have embraced our Patient Opinion initiative.

 “We are proud of our continuous improvement approach to managing feedback, putting a high value on excellent customer service and patient advocacy and ensuring that our patient’s experience of CGH is the best person-centred care we can provide.”

Michael Greco from Patient Opinion, an Australia-wide online initiative to allow transparent feedback from patients, praised CGH for its commitment to transparency and willingness to listen and learn from both the good and the bad.

The Patient Awards were created to acknowledge and reward outstanding medical professionals, representatives and institutions who are influential in providing the best healthcare experience for Australian patients.

Dr Catherine Crock from the Royal Children’s Hospital presented the award to Dr Evans. A medical pioneer, producer of music and theatrics, humanitarian, mother and advocate for change, Dr Crock was the keynote speaker.

She has successfully implemented a raft of positive changes to healthcare in the areas of organisational culture, services and patient/family support.

She is also the Chair and Founder of The Hush Foundation, a registered charity organisation working to transform healthcare by improving partnerships, culture and the environment to support health and wellbeing.

Hush, in collaboration with some of Australia’s finest musical talent, has commissioned 15 albums of music specifically for application within healthcare. Working in collaboration with renowned playwright Alan Hopgood, theatrical plays “Hear Me” and “Do You Know Me” have also been created.

These productions have been performed in hospitals and Aged Care settings across Australia more than 100 times, to raise awareness of patient centred care, communication and patient safety issues and to encourage a shift in the culture of healthcare.

 Central Gippsland Health has been named runner-up for the “Most Outstanding Regional Hospital in Australia”.

Hosted by the Australian Patients Association, the award was given because CGH has consistently demonstrated its commitment to public online feedback.

CGH Chief Executive, Dr Frank Evans, said the service was honoured to receive an award based on feedback from patients.

“We have introduced a range of initiatives across all campuses to ensure patients and clients are always at the centre of care,” Dr Evans said.  “I want to thank all staff across our four campuses who have embraced our Patient Opinion initiative.

“We are proud of our continuous improvement approach to managing feedback, putting a high value on excellent customer service and patient advocacy and ensuring that our patient’s experience of CGH is the best person-centred care we can provide.”

Dr Michael Greco from Patient Opinion, an Australia-wide online initiative to allow transparent feedback from patients, praised CGH for its commitment to transparency and willingness to listen and learn from both the good and the bad.

The Patient Awards were created to acknowledge and reward outstanding medical professionals, representatives and institutions who are influential in providing the best healthcare experience for Australian patients.

Dr Catherine Crock from the Royal Children’s Hospital presented the award to Dr Evans. A medical pioneer, producer of music and theatrics, humanitarian, mother and advocate for change, Dr Crock was the keynote speaker.

She has successfully implemented a raft of positive changes to healthcare in the areas of organisational culture, services and patient/family support.

 She is also the Chair and Founder of The Hush Foundation, a registered charity organisation working to transform healthcare by improving partnerships, culture and the environment to support health and wellbeing.

Hush, in collaboration with some of Australia’s finest musical talent, has commissioned 15 albums of music specifically for application within healthcare. Working in collaboration with renowned playwright Alan Hopgood, theatrical plays “Hear Me” and “Do You Know Me” have also been created.

 These productions have been performed in hospitals and Aged Care settings across Australia more than 100 times, to raise awareness of patient centred care, communication and patient safety issues and to encourage a shift in the culture of healthcare.

Frank was accompanied at the awards by Director of Nursing and Clinical Support Services, Denise McInnes, Senior Executive Services Administrator, Rebecca Gunning, Community Network and Volunteer Support Officer, Jude Deedman, Senior Executive Services Administrator, Rebecca Gunning and Chief Operating Officer, Jon Millar and General Manager Quality Improvement and Innovation, Kelli Mitchener.

 

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Boost for Stretton Park

Community fundraising towards the Stretton Park refurbishment project has almost reached $100,000.

Board Chair, Phill Clifford, said the Maffra aged care facility was extremely grateful to the community for its efforts.

“The project will cost $6.5 million so everyone dollar we can raise for our Building Fund will assist us in delivering this wonderful project to our community,” Mr Clifford said.

The Bushy Park Tractor Pull Committee has given the project $14,500 after making a decision to discontinue its annual event from this year. The event started five years ago, primarily to raise funds for charitable purposes. In that time, it has distributed more than $47,000 to worthy causes.

The Macalister Valley (Newry) Lions Club recently presented a cheque for $500 to the Building Fund, the proceeds of a street stall raffle held in Johnson Street Maffra.

The Maffra Farmlink Group donated a handmade quilt for the Stretton Park Board to use as a raffle prize for the Building Fund.

Mr Clifford said the red and black quilt was a tribute to the Maffra Football Club colours and many hours of dedicated work by committed quilters had gone into producing it.

“We are very grateful to all three of these organisations for helping towards the refurbishment of Stretton Park,” he said.

 

Pictured clockwise from left: Members of the Bushy Park Tractor Pull committee present a cheque for $14,500 to Stretton Park. Pictured are (from left) Secretary Katie Cameron, Inaugural Treasurer and Committee Member Bill Pleydell, Stretton Park Board Chair Phill Clifford, Bushy Park Tractor Pull President Bruce Hughes and Treasurer Sally Melbourne.

Members of the Macalister Valley (Newry) Lions Club present a donation towards the Stretton Park Building Fund. They are (from left) Tony Nikolajew, Max Weatherley and Nell Hewitt with Stretton Park Board Chair Phill Clifford (second from right).

Jean Downs from Farmlink and Stretton Park Board Chair, Phill Clifford, hold the red and black quilt donated by the group for a Building Fund raffle.

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