Kids undergoing surgery embrace new-age wonder drug: The iPad
Anxiety is a major concern for children undergoing surgery with the two most stressful periods before the operation being when the child says goodbye to parents, and when the anaesthetic mask is put on.
Thanks to Telstra Business Centre Plus IT Ballarat, and their donation of four iPads, children facing surgery at Ballarat Health Services (BHS) are finding the experience less stressful.
The popular tablet computer is being used as an anxiety reducer for children who are using them to help take their mind off the often frightening experience by using tablet-based interactive distraction.
Hospitals already using iPads for children have seen them effective in making scary procedures more tolerable which reduces stress and anxiety for the children and their parents. Since the iPad can play videos and download new apps, it allows for age appropriate engagement.
Paediatric Ward Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Dolores Sayasane, said surgical patients would be offered an iPad on admission.
Long serving BHS staff recognised
More than 300 Ballarat Health Services (BHS) have been recognised for their long service to the organisation.
At a series of ceremonies over the past two weeks, 320 staff members from all areas of BHS were acknowledged for service periods of 10 years and longer.
Among those staff being recognised were nearly 100 employees with 25 years or more service to BHS and its predecessors (The Base Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Geriatric Centre and Lakeside Hospital).
Manager – Medical Technicians, Christopher Duncan (pictured), was presented with a certificate for 40 years’ service at the final ceremony yesterday afternoon and said there had been many changes since he started at BHS in August 1973.
"I began my employment at the then Base Hospital, now BHS, at the age of 20. Over that time I have seen a multitude of perpetual changes in clinical patient care, specifically operating suite equipment, technology and the way surgical procedures are performed.
"The health s ...
Works on new pharmacy nearing completion
Work on Ballarat Health Services’ (BHS) major capital works projects are continuing, with fit out of the new pharmacy nearing completion.
The pharmacy is being relocated from its current location near the Drummond Street entrance to allow for the demolition of Yuille House later this year.
A number of services and departments are being temporarily or permanently relocated to allow construction works to take place.
The new pharmacy will be located next to the Medical Services building lift, in the area vacated by the Diabetes Centre and Infection Control.
It will include a patient waiting area, patient interview room, dispensing area, office areas and storage.
BHS Pharmacy Director, Aaron Fitzpatrick, said the new pharmacy would allow continuity of service during construction of the new Drummond Street building.
"The new pharmacy will retain similar functionality to the existing pharmacy, with increased technology capabilities. It will also contain a new refrigeration s ...
Car Park redevelopment
The Mair Street car park at the Base Hospital is closed to allow for construction of the new helipad and multi-storey car park.
As a result, there is very limited parking at the hospital site.
All patients and visitors are asked to allow extra time to locate a parking space, or make alternative arrangements such as public transport.
BHS apologises for any inconvenience caused during construction of this much needed and vital project.
Works are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.