Free cancer information sessions in Ballarat
Free information for prostate cancer patients, family and friends will be available on Tuesday 1 September and Tuesday 8 September 2015.
The Cancer Council Victoria ‘Living With Cancer Education Program’ is facilitated by health professionals and will be held at Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC).
Topics to be covered include:
Getting the most out of your healthcare team
Dealing with treatments and side effects
Learning how to relax and manage stress
Communicating with family, friends and colleagues
BRICC Director, Steve Medwell, said the program was an opportunity for people diagnosed with cancer and their families and friends to learn more about the treatment process.
“These practical sessions are run by experts in a relaxed and comfortable environment, and have proven most beneficial for people with cancer as well as those supporting them.
“This is a unique opportunity to ask questions of an experienced oncology health professiona ...
‘Talk with me’ during Speech Pathology Week
Speech Pathology Week (23-29 August 2015) is on again and this years’ theme is ‘Talk with me’.
Each year Speech Pathology Week is used to make Australians more aware of those in our community who have a speech or swallowing difficulty.
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Clinical Manager - Speech Pathology, Acushla Thompson, said each day 1.1 million Australians have difficulty communicating.
“Speech disorders can contribute to poor educational outcomes, reduced employment opportunities and an increased likelihood of social, emotional and mental health issues,” Ms Thompson said.
Three in every 1,000 newborns have hearing loss, which without intervention can affect their speech, language and literacy.
Around 13,000 Australians use electronic communication aids to get their message across, while 20 per cent of four year olds have difficulty understanding or using language.
However, speech disorders don’t just affect the young. At least 30 per cent of people post- ...
Pilings completed on new Drummond Street building
Work on the redevelopment of the Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Base Hospital site has reached a significant milestone with the completion of piling works on the new Drummond Street building.
Over the past 5 1/2 months, contractors H. Troon have drilled 96 piles. Piles were drilled up to seven metres deep. The process was made more difficult as drilling hit basalt rock.
The piles will provide the support and foundations for the new three storey building and have the ability to support an additional three floors.
Excavation and concreting for the basement is well advanced.
The next stage of works will see further rock excavation to accommodate the installation of the new building’s lift shaft.
BHS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rowe, welcomed progress on the project.
“The new Drummond Street building is an exciting project for the redevelopment of the Base Hospital campus. It will allow us to increase our capacity to meet the growing demand on healthcare services ...
Base Hospital access
To access all wards and clinics, you can enter the hospital via:
The Mair Street car park entrance (adjacent to Radiology) and take the purple lifts or
The Sturt Street entrance, take the blue lift to level one and follow the red line to the purple lifts to wards and clinics
Patient drop off zones are available in the Mair Street carpark and outside the Sturt Street entry.
For access to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Pharmacy, Dialysis and Ballarat Consulting Suites, use the Sturt Street entrance.
Entry to the Emergency Department is from Mair Street.
Car parking is available in the Mair Street multi-storey car park
Disabled parking is available on the ground level of the Mair Street carpark and near the Sturt Steet hospital and Mental Health Services entrances
Limited free and metered parking is available in surrounding streets