New telemedicine technology vital in diagnosing strokes
The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program is assisting the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke patients after hours at Ballarat Health Services (BHS).
Since becoming operational at BHS in September 2015, the VST has helped diagnose 12 people presenting to the Emergency Department with stroke symptoms.
The first patient to utilize the VST earlier this year was a patient who was brought into the Emergency Department by ambulance after experiencing a sudden onset of visual disturbance, slurred speech and right side weakness on their way home from work.
After arriving at the Emergency Department via Ambulance Victoria (AV), Emergency Department staff promptly contacted the VST program for an urgent review by the on call VST neurologist.
As a result of the VST service, the patient received stroke thrombolysis and was transferred to Melbourne for Endovascular clot retrieval.
The VST neurologist was able to conduct an audio-visual consult with the patient by dialling ...
Celebrating nurses and midwives
International Midwives Day and Nurses Day are celebrated around the world on 5 May and 12 May each year.
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) Executive Director - Acute Nursing and Midwifery, Leanne Shea, said on these days we take the time to acknowledge and reflect on the outstanding efforts and commitment from all our nurses and midwives for their ongoing contribution to providing excellent care across the health service and broader community.
“Each day our nurses and midwives deliver quality care across a diverse range of services from inpatient care, to providing care in their homes and the community setting.
“Our nursing and midwifery staff do an amazing job looking after a whole range of people every day, including the critically ill, elderly and new mothers and their babies in a dynamic, challenging and rewarding environment,” Ms Shea said.
“It is a great time to say thank you to all our fabulous nurses and midwives for the incredible work they do every day across ...
Celebrating our volunteers
Each year, Ballarat Health Services (BHS) celebrates the contribution of its volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
BHS has more than 300 volunteers in many areas including the Emergency Department, Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Aged Care, Specialist Clinics, Day Centres, Fundraising and Allied Health.
BHS Volunteer Services Manager, Sue Jakob, said volunteers help BHS provide many additional services for patients, residents and clients that it would otherwise be unable to do.
“Our wonderful volunteers contribute many hours to BHS, providing a number of activities that we would be otherwise unable to run, including delivering newspapers to patients, chatting to residents in aged care facilities, running fundraising stalls and making cups of tea for patients in the Day Procedure Unit.
“The work of our volunteers complements that undertaken by our paid staff. They are an extremely valuable part of what we do, and National Volunteer Week is a great opport ...
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