Successful first year of radiotherapy treatments at BRICC
This month marks a significant milestone in the treatment of cancer – it is one year since the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) commenced radiotherapy treatment.
One of the biggest achievements so far is the significant reduction in the radiotherapy waiting list. Prior to the opening of BRICC, patients were waiting up to 16 weeks to commence treatment. Today, they can begin treatment almost immediately.
Over the past 12 months, additional equipment has also been installed to improve treatment outcomes for patients, adding to the state-of-the-art machines unveiled when the Centre opened. Two new fulltime Radiation Oncologists have also joined the team.
Head Radiation Therapist, Steve Medwell, said many of the newer technologies have taken some time to commission, "but now we are ready to implement a suite of new treatment techniques that are considered as good as those in the very best cancer centres around the world. One of these new processes is called ...
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 ...
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.