Whyalla - Wig library to support cancer patients
Hundreds of women and men are set to benefit from a new wig library at Whyalla. Set to open on Friday (28 February 2014), the ‘Hair to Help’ wig library will be a valuable resource for local residents who have experienced hair loss due to cancer treatment. Whyalla Hospital McGrath Sellers Breast Care Nurse, Kate Kroll, said the library is the only service of its type in the region and will help to ease the financial and emotional burdens associated with cancer treatment. “Buying a wig can cost anywhere from $200 to $600, so having a library that will loan a wig for just $25 will be extremely beneficial for those needing to access such a service,” she said
.Loxton - Patients receive faster, better x-rays at Loxton Hospital
Patients at Loxton Hospital will benefit from faster and higher quality X-ray images, following the recent installation of a new X-ray machine. Riverland, Mallee and Coorong Regional Director Wayne Champion said the new X-ray equipment would feature the latest digital processing technology. “This brand new machine not only has the capability to undertake a range of X-rays, but also delivers better quality images, reducing the need to repeat X-rays,” Wayne Champion said.
Whyalla - New Physician increases Whyalla cardiac services
More Whyalla patients are set to receive care close to home, following the recruitment of Whyalla Hospital’s newest resident physician and cardiologist. Dr Ferdous Alam started at Whyalla Hospital on 28 January and is heading up the High Dependency Unit. Dr Alam specialises in cardiology and will soon commence both general physician and additional cardiac clinics at the hospital in support of the services currently provided by visiting cardiologists. Eyre, Flinders and Far North Regional Director Verity Paterson said Dr Alam will bring valuable expertise to Whyalla.
Burra - Supportive Care Suite Unveiled
The Supportive Care Suite at Burra Hospital has undergone a $15,000 make-over thanks to a donation from the Burra Hospital Auxiliary. Set to be unveiled on Wednesday 19 February, the newly upgraded suite incorporates a multipurpose area, main bedroom, bathroom and a small lounge, which can also be used as a bedroom for a family member or carer. Burra Hospital Executive Officer and Director of Nursing Andrew Daulby said the updated room is ideal for palliative care patients, children and other patients who may require a family member to stay overnight. “The Supportive Care Suite was first established in the 1980s and has remained largely unchanged since,” Andrew Daulby said.
Kimba, Cleve and Elliston - Welcome new doctors
The Kimba, Cleve and Elliston communities have welcomed their three new full-time doctors to the area at events held across the region this week. Doctors Gerard Considine, Melanie Clothier and Gail Hitch, who officially started in their roles on Monday 17 February, were introduced to the local community at a series of barbecues, including one that was attended by over 200 people at Kimba. Michele Smith, Regional Director for the Eyre, Flinders and Far North, said the doctors were pleased to receive such an enthusiastic welcome. “Dr Considine and Dr Clothier have both expressed their excitement at practicing in such a close knit community,” Michele Smith said.
Millicent Community Midwife Service
Mothers from Millicent and the surrounding area will for the first time receive home visits from a qualified midwife for up to six weeks following birth. The Community Midwife Service will be provided by midwives based at Millicent and District Hospital Service and will also cover areas such as Mt Burr, Southend and Beachport. South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said the service would provide support to many local mothers each year. “We are very pleased that mothers from the Millicent area will now be able to access midwifery services in their own homes in the days and weeks following birth,” she said.
Riverland - New renal unit at Riverland General Hospital
A new Renal Unit has opened at Riverland General Hospital as part of the hospital’s $36 million redevelopment. The new unit increases the number of renal dialysis chairs at the hospital from two to four enabling more patients to be treated each day. Riverland, Mallee, Coorong Regional Director Wayne Champion said the dedicated, purpose-built unit will benefit patients across the Riverland.
Mount Barker - Post-Natal rooms open
The Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital maternity wing redevelopment is one step closer to completion, with the opening of two brand new post-natal rooms. The rooms are part of a $3.8 million state-funded expansion and renovation of the hospital’s existing obstetrics wing, which will provide increased maternity services for the community. Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Rural Regional Director Debbie Martin said it was an exciting milestone for the redevelopment.
Ceduna - Birthing Services to continue
Country Health SA has confirmed that birthing services at Ceduna will continue after the departure of General Practitioner Obstetrician Dr Ngwazani Mhlanga in April 2014. Dr Mhlanga has advised Ceduna District Health Services that he will be leaving the Ceduna Family Medical Practice and moving with his family to Adelaide in April. Eyre, Flinders and Far North Acting Regional Director, Lisa Campbell, said the service, in conjunction with the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency, had commenced an extensive local and international recruitment campaign to find a replacement General Practitioner Obstetrician for Ceduna.
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