Solar project a winner!

Solar newCentral Gippsland Health is undertaking the largest solar project on any health service in eastern Victoria.

CGH Director of Support Services, Jon Millar, said the 1140 solar panels on the roof of the main administration building, linen service and Wilson Lodge at the Sale campus would provide 330kW of power.

Andy McCarthy, Managing Director of Gippsland Solar said the CGH project would be the biggest in the health sector in Gippsland, and possibly all of Victoria. “It’s certainly the biggest project we have worked on,” he added.

Jon said CGH had been looking at solar energy since last year however made the decision earlier this year to proceed because of the expected significant increase in electricity costs from 1 July.

“The project will cost $452,000 but we will get pay-back in three and a half years,” he added.

It is estimated solar will account for 33 per cent of power usage at the adjoining Wilson Lodge Aged Care Facility and 11 per cent of Sale Hospital’s usage.

“As you can imagine, our usage is very high, especially in the hospital, but we estimate we should save around $120,000 a year which can go back into our health service,” Mr Millar said.

Meanwhile Andy said with the cost of solar dropping by 90 per cent in the past 10 years, it made sense for business and industry as well as individuals to look at it as a viable option.

When he started Gippsland Solar seven years ago, the market was mainly residential premises but now, business represents 50 per cent of turnover.

“We had four employees four years ago and now we have 30 to meet the demand,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Solar is a perfect fit for health services and schools, especially as you can inject that capital saved back into services. Other Gippsland hospitals and health services have solar but not on this scale.

“We are now installing around 400 panels a week but by the summer, this will increase to between 600 and 700. And all our employees are from the region.”

The CGH project is expected to be finished at the end of July. In the meantime,

Jon said hopefully the solar project would be the start of a number of other sustainable projects in the pipeline for CGH.

 

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Keep those old socks

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Don’t throw out those old socks, scarves and beanies … they can be put to good use.

 CGH Radiographer Teresa Roberts wants them.

 Teresa thanked everyone at CGH who donated socials towards the second Shepherd’s Australia Sock Drive to help Melbourne’s Homeless and urged everyone to start thinking about next year.

 “The front of Parliament House was a blaze of colour from the many donated items on Saturday 27 May,” Teresa said.

 “Over 2000 pairs of socks plus clothing, scarves and beanies were donated.  They will go a long way towards helping a lot of people who desperately need it this winter. 

 “Socks wear out faster than any other article of clothing and homeless people struggle to find clean dry socks.  As a result, they can develop trench foot, a condition caused by feet being exposed to long periods of wet and cold which can lead to amputation.”

 Donations for 2018 can be left at CGHS Medical Imaging Department.

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Organ donors needed

DonorRegistering on the Australian Organ Donor Register is important because it leaves your family in no doubt of your decision to become a donor.

Registration matters.  In 2016, 88 per cent of families agreed to donation proceeding where their family member was a register donor.  This drops to just 52 per cent if the deceased was not registered and the family had no prior knowledge of their wishes.

More than 1400 Australians are waiting at any one time for a life-saving transplant.  One organ and tissue donor can save and transform the lives of many.

If you’re willing to one day save lives as an organ and tissue donor today, register your donation decision online today.

It’s also important to share your donation decision with your family and to ask and know their decisions.

Attached to this newsletter s an Australian Organ Donor Register form for new registration, change or removal of donation details or registration can be done online at donorregister.gov.au

This is from Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority website.

 

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Honour for Caitlyn

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Pictured above (from left) are Kim Costin, Denise McInnes, Caitlin Walker, Emma Masters and Linda Glover.

 

CGH Midwife, Caitlin Walker, has been honoured by the Australian College of Midwives Gippsland Branch.

 The branch has presented Caitlin with the Midwife of the Year award.

 The award is part of the International Day of the Midwife celebrations with consumers  encouraged to nominate midwives who had provided extra special care to women before, during and after labour.

 Caitlin was nominated by two women who said she had a huge impact on their birth experience.  Midwife Emma Masters was also nominated for the same reason.

 CGH Director of Nursing and Clinical Support Services, Denise McInnes congratulated both women.

 “This is a very prestigious award that is well worthy of recognition and we are proud of your achievements,” Denise said.

 “Thank you for your contribution to our Women’s & Children’s ward and your ongoing commitment to providing quality maternity services to the members of our community.”

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Dinner for Dialysis

 The CGH Dialysis Unit will celebrate 21 years of operation with a dinner at Sporting Legends in Sale on 26 August.

The unit opened in 1996 at the end of the medical ward, with one chair, one patient and three staff. It now operates six days a week with 18 patients and nine chairs.

The dinner from 6pm is for families of past patients, patients who have received a donor kidney, home Dialysis patients, past staff and current Dialysis patients and their families and staff.

If you would like to attend, contact Dialysis Unit on 51438170 or email sale.dialysisunit@cghs.com.au

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CCU’s Quality Project

 Central Gippsland Health’s CCU was acknowledged at the second annual Critical Care Clinical Network (CCCN) forum in Melbourne for its MET Quality Improvement Project.

Courtney Redaelli represented CGH at the conference which attracted participants from throughout Victoria and interstate.

CCCN Program Manager, Monica Holdsworth, congratulated our team on its results. “Congratulations and well done to the team on this project,” she said in a letter.

The CGH project covered two areas with the major work completed by Sue Shadbolt with support from other team members – Rob Ziffer, Jennifer Dennett and Courtney Redaelli.

 As part of the successful completion of this project, CGH was given complimentary registration including overnight accommodation at the CCCN conference in Bendigo in August. Courtney will be attending.

 Organisers of the Melbourne conference said “it was terrific to hear the progress from units and about other topics that are relevant to all ICUs”.

 

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CCU courtyard

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CCU now has a small courtyard attached to the unit, thanks to everyone who supported its fundraising for the project.

 Jenny Dennett said the area had not been used for many years due to safety concerns regarding the railing. 

“It had no shade and got quite hot in summer, and the old chairs and table were broken and had to be thrown out,” Jenny said.

 “The aim was to create a usable space for CCU patients, families and visitors to use, where patients can be outside in the fresh air and sunshine and still be monitored via telemetry or be observed by nursing staff.”

 CCU held a cake stall in March and raised money for the project. Funds raised enabled a safety barrier to be built, walls to be painted, and a table, chairs and covers bought.

 “We have installed wall art panels and decorative pots with plants,” Jenny said. “The courtyard was finished recently and CCU would like to thank everyone who helped.”

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