Commitment to Aboriginal Health strengthened
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has strengthened its commitment to ensuring that Aboriginal people have improved access to medical care with the appointment of a new Aboriginal Care Coordinator.
Emma Leehane (a Yorta Yorta woman) commenced in the role this month with the aim to improve access, clinical treatment and pathways for local Aboriginal people, particularly in relation to accessing cancer care services.
BHS will work with a range of partners across the Grampians region to improve health outcomes for the local Aboriginal community. Emma’s role will be supported by BHS Project Manager, Katrina Hishon, who has previous experience in Aboriginal healthcare and the Director of the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Steve Medwell.
Mrs Leehane said her role was central to providing support and recommendations to BHS on how to continue to build positive connections with the local Aboriginal community and to deliver cultural awareness training to BHS employees.
Yuille House demolition
Work on the demolition of Ballarat Health Service’s Yuille House on Drummond Street has made dramatic progress.
Contractor H.Troon has demolished the remaining structure of the old building in preparation for clearing of the site.
Following the building’s demolition, works will continue on the clearing of the site. This will include removal of rubble and excavation of Yuille House’s foundations.
Work on excavation and foundations for the new building is expected to commence in February.
BHS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rowe, said the demolition was a significant milestone for the construction project.
“Over the past six months, the contractors have undertaken a significant amount of work to get the project to its current stage. A substantial amount of internal demolition had to be undertaken prior to the commencement of external demolition works.
“The demolition of Yuille House marks a significant milestone for Ballarat Health Services and the redevelopme ...
Busy January expected for BHS Birth Suite
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) looks set to deliver a record number of babies during January 2015 with 135 women booked in to give birth.
So far in January 2015, 46 babies have been born at the BHS Maternity unit.
January is traditionally a very quiet month for births, with 118 babies delivered during January 2014, whilst there were 104 births in January 2013.
BHS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rowe, said the BHS maternity unit was becoming increasing busier each year.
“Last financial year, BHS celebrated a record number of births, with 1,385 babies born in the maternity unit.
“This financial year we look set to eclipse that figure again. Since July, more than 700 babies have already been born and we are only halfway through the financial year,” Mr Rowe said.
Over the past 10 years, the birth rate at BHS has been increasing steadily each year (as represented by the table below).
Please excuse us while we change
There will be a number of impacts upon staff, patients and visitors to Ballarat Health Services Drummond Street Site, while redevelopment works are occurring. These will include:
Reduced car parking capacity at the site – you may need to allow some extra time when planning your visit to facilitate car parking
Closure of the Drummond Street Main Hospital Entrance and relocation of this entrance to the Sturt Street (BRICC) entrance as of Monday 8 September 2014
Relocation of the front reception desk from Drummond Street to Sturt Street
Altered pathways of travel throughout the hospital, in accessing various wards and departments
More details on our redevelopment can be found on the Redevelopment page.
Closure of Drummond Street entrance
The main hospital entrance via Yuille House, Drummond Street is now closed.
Yuille House will be demolished prior to the construction of a new hospital building. The construction period will extend from 2014-2016.
The main entrance to the hospital and the Hospital Information Desk are now located at the Sturt Street entrance.
All patients and visitors will need to use this entrance to access the hospital wards and departments.
A drop off and pick up zone is available at the Sturt Street entrance.
If assistance is required, wheelchairs are available at the Sturt Street entrance.
The Emergency Department can still be accessed via Mair Street.