Ground breaking cancer treatment offered at BRICC
The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) in partnership with Austin Health has become the first regional Victorian cancer centre to offer deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) radiotherapy for left-sided breast cancer patients.
This technology is likely to become a worldwide standard of care for breast radiotherapy in the future.
Austin Health Radiation Oncologist, Dr Jonathan Tomaszewski, said an increasing percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer are long term survivors due to earlier detection and improvements in therapy.
“Radiotherapy for left-sided breast cancer is associated with a small risk of heart disease in the years following treatment, which is dependent upon the dose delivered to the heart.
“Modern radiotherapy (without DIBH) for breast cancer has reduced the risks substantially, however the risk has not been eliminated altogether,” Dr Tomaszewski said.
During DIBH, patients inhale deeply and hold their breath for 15-20 seconds whi ...
BHS dementia program goes national
A groundbreaking program to improve the care of patients with dementia has received national recognition, with Federal Minister for Health Susan Ley announcing a $2.3 million grant to Ballarat Health Services (BHS) to rollout and evaluate its Dementia Care in Hospitals Program nationally.
This is the largest service development grant received by Ballarat Health Services and will allow four hospitals across the nation to become leaders in the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program (DCHP).
The aim of the DCHP is to assist health services to better meet the needs of patients with cognitive impairment and their carers.
BHS will partner Alzheimer’s Australia and Deakin University to rollout and evaluate the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program nationally to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Canberra Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth and The Royal Hobart Hospital.
BHS Director of Nursing Sub-Acute Services Meredith Theobald, BHS Cognition Clinical Nurse Consult ...
Residents weave stars to end violence
Geoffrey Cutter Centre residents are doing their bit to help end violence in the community.
Residents and staff at the centre are weaving eight pointed stars out of ribbon as part of the ‘One Millions Starts to End Violence’ project.
Ballarat crafters are expected to create more than 33,500 stars for the project, with Geoffrey Cutter Centre so far contributing almost 200 stars to the project. More than 22,000 are still needed.
Lifestyle Coordinator, Cheryl Keating, said the residents were enjoying the project.
“Despite the serious message of this campaign, our residents are enjoying making the ribbon stars.”
The stars will be at Stockland Wendouree for a Christmas display before being sent to Brisbane with the final tally occurring in 2018.
To find out more about the One Million Stars to End Violence project visit http://www.onemillionstars.net/
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