Take care in flood clean-up

Rockhampton health-care providers are working together to ensure they’re resourced to treat any injuries that arise in the pending floodwater clean-up.

Rehabilitation Registrar role a first for Rockhampton

Rockhampton Hospital has gained approval to recruit an accredited advanced trainee in Rehabilitation medicine.

Staff specialist Dr Ganesh Gnanasekaran started work in the Rehabilitation Unit at Rockhampton Hospital in 2015 and quickly recognised the need for the position.

Snake bite tips

Rockhampton Hospital Emergency medicine specialist Dr Tanya Mellett has some tips for people who suspect they’ve been bitten by a snake.

As soon as you suspect you may have been bitten by a snake call for help, including Queensland Ambulance Service on triple-0.

Rockhampton Hospital welcomes new interns

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service welcomes 34 interns to the medical team this week. The new doctors have just completed their medical studies and are starting work with an intensive orientation program at Rockhampton Hospital.

The changing face of HIV

Today is World AIDS Day, and the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the amazing developments helping people living with HIV and AIDS. Rockhampton residents are taking part in a HIV prevention trial, where people at-risk take a tablet every day to prevent the virus becoming established in the body.

Hospital gives new mum the gift of life

New mum Kate Bellert has been to hell and back, and she’s thanking a large team of Rockhampton Hospital staff for saving her life.

New specialist cares for older Central Queenslanders

Older Central Queenslanders now have access to a specialist geriatrician with the arrival of Dr Dhiraj Saini. Dr Saini works half-time at Rockhampton Hospital, based in the Sub Acute Geriatric Evaluation (SAGE) Unit, and half-time as a private consultant (both geriatrician and general physician) based at the Mater Hospital.

Hospital teams spring to action

Central Queensland hospital teams reacted quickly and efficiently treating seven patients in Rockhampton and Gladstone following a major road traffic accident yesterday morning.

Remembering our babies

A special service will be held at the Rockhampton Memorial Gardens on October 12 to recognise babies lost before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Rockhampton Hospital chaplains and social workers have helped develop a space at the Memorial Gardens to allow those affected by early pregnancy loss to have a space for reflection. Services are held there regularly to honour the lost babies and anyone is welcome to attend. The next service will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday, October 12, at the Memorial Gardens, on Lakes Creek Road, Nerimbera. For more information please phone hospital chaplain Melissa on 0408 939 640, or Social Worker Anne Lorraway on 4920 6211.

New knees give a new lease on life

Now that June Somerfield has two new knees she has retired her wheelie walker and is about to go dancing again. Mrs Somerfield is one of a record number of knee replacements at Rockhampton Hospital in the past financial year, and she can’t speak highly enough of the service she received. In 2015/16 the orthopaedics team did 227 knee and hip replacements, up from 146 (or 55% on the previous year). Director Dr Adriaan Smith is proud of the result, saying it was achieved through special workshops in the operating theatre to identify efficiencies in allocation of theatre time. He also had a great team, hand-picked through networks to work well together and achieve results.