October - December 2020
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is urging people to have a fun and festive Christmas break, but to avoid a trip to one of its emergency departments by keeping safety at the forefront of their minds.
The gut-wrenching pain of a bout of food poisoning is not the festive feeling that you want your family and friends to experience this Christmas holidays.
To say 2020 has been big for Dr Niall Conroy is probably one of the great understatements of the year.
A SENIOR Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service nurse and research director has received $300,000 to investigate tobacco and nicotine exposure patterns in pregnant Australian First Nations women, with a view to improving health outcomes.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service celebrated the achievements of its staff and volunteers at its third annual Excellence Awards yesterday, with the diversity of winners showcasing outstanding quality of care and commitment throughout the past year.
Residents from the Bundaberg, North Burnett, Fraser Coast and Discovery Coast areas have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape planning for a new hospital in Bundaberg, with public consultation starting today (Monday 30 November).
The expectation of strong winds on Thursday and Friday spreading more bushfire smoke from Fraser Island through Hervey Bay and other communities has led to a warning for people along the Fraser Coast, especially those vulnerable to such conditions, to take extra precautions.
Patients at Maryborough Hospital have easier and safer access to shower facilities thanks to a generous donation by the Lions Club of Maryborough. The hospital received a new Electra bariatric hygiene shower chair thanks to the Lions Club of Maryborough fundraising $10,000 through their numerous activities across the town.
In the Bundaberg Magistrate’s Court, a local business owner has been found guilty of displaying and selling bongs and components of bongs for sale, following a successful prosecution by the Wide Bay Public Health Unit.
Each year in Australia there are at least 4.1 million cases of gastroenteritis as a result of eating contaminated food. During Australian Food Safety Week (November 14–21, 2020), Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Director of Public Health Dr Niall Conroy would like to remind the community of the importance of reporting and testing to confirm food-borne illness.
DR MARC Burton came to Bundaberg in his third year of medical school – and liked it so much he hasn’t left. Now aged 30 and a soon to be a Principal House Officer in Mental Health as part of his residency rotations, the Canberra-born doctor reckons each passing year reinforces the good decision he made to live and work in Bundaberg.
An Australian-first university and hospital partnership is set to train up to 40 doctors in regional Queensland each year. Bundaberg and Rockhampton will receive their first student intake in 2022 under the new Regional Medical Pathway – to be today between CQUniversity, The University of Queensland, and the Central Queensland and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services.
Local cancer patients in the Wide Bay region will soon have increased access to cutting-edge radiation therapy treatments and techniques, thanks to the arrival of a world-class radiation therapy treatment machine at GenesisCare Bundaberg.
The North Burnett community is reaping the benefits of a WBHHS program that is supporting allied health professionals to pursue a career locally and expand the availability of services as a result.
Up until 6 October, 29,469 COVID-19 tests have been taken at public and private testing sites across Wide Bay. In the week from September 30 – October 6, some 652 COVID-19 tests took place across Wide Bay, including 413 at our three WBHHS fever clinics at Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
Whether it’s a bit of art and craft or hitting the water for a paddle, community members are being encouraged to join in Mental Health Week activities across Wide Bay and to “take time for mental health”.
A chef who has worked in top-end restaurants in London, learnt his craft in rural Japan and headed up the kitchen at the Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace might not be who most people would expect in a major hospital kitchen.
Complications from diabetes left Moore Park’s Gary Cameron with an infected wound on his foot, regular visits to the wound clinic every couple of days and facing the possibility of having his leg amputated below the knee.
Complications following surgery in a Brisbane hospital led to Eli Waters man Paul Scully spending a stint in intensive care, experiencing delirium and with a long recovery journey ahead of him.
Construction on a new acute mental health inpatient unit at Hervey Bay Hospital is set to start this week, marking the beginning of $39.6 million worth of investment to more than double mental health bed capacity on the Fraser Coast.
ON World AIDS Day today, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service clinicians are urging people to end the stigma around HIV, as part of a national effort to end discrimination and increase testing rates.
The Fraser Coast is once again experiencing a large amount of smoke from the Fraser Island bushfires today and the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is urging people to look after their health in these conditions.
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is urging people to ensure they stay properly hydrated and sun safe whether they are enjoying the beach, boat, bush or backyard this summer.