April - June 2020
It’s 1981, Malcolm Fraser is Prime Minister, petrol costs 34 cents a litre and a young Queensland nurse named Debbie Carroll starts a nursing career that would develop in ways not even she could have predicted.
A local woman has praised Bundaberg Hospital’s world-class care, after suffering life-threatening novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms that required a lengthy stay in the Intensive Care Unit.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s most senior nurse has paid tribute to the important role the organisation’s midwives have played in supporting pregnant and birthing women throughout the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
More patients are accessing specialist outpatient appointments from the comfort of their own home, thanks to Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s recent rollout of “virtual clinics”.
Nicci Maher admits she fell into studying nursing because she was at a loss as to what to do after finishing high school. It didn’t take her long to figure out she’d chosen the right path, however – and before she’d even graduated, she had her eyes set firmly on a rural and remote nursing career.
TONI Darlington’s life plan didn’t initially include nursing. A stay-at-home mum for many years, she started her nursing degree at the age of 40, after her eldest daughter finished the first year of her own nursing studies and encouraged her to follow suit.
A newly-established Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service model of care is delivering flexible and multidisciplinary care to patients – including in their own homes – while helping to reduce lengths of stay and the need for hospital admissions.
TESTING positive to COVID-19 and being isolated at home has been a scary reality for some people in the Bundaberg region over the past couple of months – but there’s been a calm and reassuring voice on the other end of a phone line for many of them.