The role of Caloundra Health Service is changing, as services begin at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).
Importantly, this includes the move of the Emergency Department from Caloundra H...
Maternity services at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) begin on Wednesday 29 March 2017. From 7am on this date, expectant mums will have the option of having their babies in the brand new, $1.8b hospital.
From this date, maternity services will move from Nambour General Hospital (NGH). Ante- natal and post-natal appointments will be available at SCUH or NGH. This includes an extended midwifery service, where women are cared for and supported at home after birthing.
Dr Marc Miller, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at SCHHS, explains: “SCUH will be the most advanced hospital in our region, a brand new facility with the latest technology and equipment for a variety of birthing options, high levels of comfort for birthing women and their families, and access to specialist paediatrics and other services”
Dr Miller continues: “Our community quite rightly expects the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies. To achieve this, our expertise will be based at the new tertiary level facility. You cannot deliver the level of care we will be providing at SCUH if you fragment the service. The team environment required to support the model 24/7 can only be achieved by everyone working in the one location. This will ensure we do not compromise our high standards of safety and quality of care.”
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) state-of-the-art purpose built cancer care Adem Crosby Centre will open its doors this week.
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Behind the scenes look at the Emergency Department of the new ... Last week, we were given a tour of the new state-of-the-art Emergency Department an the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. It’s a longer video than usual but it’s probably one of the only times (unless you’re a patient) we’ll will get the chance to see behind the scenes of this great new facility.
Dr Close said the new ED meant Sunshine Coast and Gympie residents would soon have greater access to emergency care than ever before.
He said the SCUH ED would be the largest Emergency Department in SCHHS, providing care to the most complex patients. Emergency services will also continue to be provided at EDs located at:
• Nambour General Hospital • Gympie Hospital • Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital.
“The SCUH ED provides support to all EDs within the health service for critically unwell patients requiring transfer to SCUH,” Dr Close said. “Like many of our clinical services across SCHHS, we take a holistic team approach to patient care, to ensure that people across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions have access to the high quality care that they need.”
“The new ED has been designed by our clinicians to ensure all patients are assessed and treated in a safe and timely manner. The SCUH ED will provide the following extensive range of services:
• Resuscitation and management of severe trauma and advanced life support • Acute assessment and emergency management of adult illness and injury • Acute assessment and management of paediatric illness and injury • Geriatric patient emergency diagnosis and intervention • Fast-track care processes of patients with specific illness and injury types • Medical imaging • Sexual assault unit • Drug and alcohol assessment and referral • Mental health assessment and referral • Multidisciplinary treatment and monitoring (in a short stay ward) for patients assessed as being likely to require a length of stay less than 24 hours.
“Emergency departments are busy places and patients are attended to and treated according to how urgent their condition is. For example, patients with trauma injuries from a road accident or those with severe illnesses will take priority over more minor complaints.
“Our highly skilled team of doctors and nurses is committed to providing clinical excellence to all of our patients—24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Dr Close said.
“What we ask in return is that our emergency departments are kept for emergencies, to allow us to treat the patients who need us most. Non-life threatening conditions such as coughs and colds, strains and sprains, earache and toothache can and should be treated by your G.P., who can use their knowledge of your medical history to recommend the best possible treatment for you.
Public Health Physician Dr Andrew Langley said an adult returning from overseas visited several locations in the community while they were infectious.
A measles alert has been issued for people visiting the following areas:
• Blended Health Bar on Hastings street: on Saturday, 4 March between the times of 10 and 11am • Hastings Street, Noosa: on Saturday, 4 March between the times of 10 and 11am
GPs and hospitals have been notified of the possibility of measles cases presenting.
Dr Langley said information had been sent to the venues with workers and patrons being contacted where possible.
“It is important to clearly understand that these businesses have not been responsible for causing any risk to public health”
“Anyone born after 1965 who were in these areas and who has not been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses of MMR) should see their GP immediately.
“Furthermore, if you are unimmunized, travelled to this area, and are sick with a fever, please see your GP
When attending any medical facility, please be sure tophone ahead to inform them that you have been exposed to measles, so that processes are in place to protect other patients from illness”
Two doses of a measles containing vaccine will provide long term protection from the infection.
There have been numerous recent cases of measles imported to Australia from Bali which emphasises the importance of routine immunization, and safe travel health practices.
Measles is a highly infectious and serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, sore eyes, and a red spotty rash a few days later. It is often a severe disease, that can occasionally have seriouscomplications
It is spread by tiny droplets in the air or by contact with infected secretions from the nose or mouth.
It is recommended anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, should visit their local GP to get vaccinated for measles. The vaccine is free for anyone who requires it.
A fact sheet for the public about measles is available:http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/91/measles
For more information contact your GP or phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). ... See MoreSee Less
Measles is an acute, highly infectious illness caused by the measles virus. Measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia (lung infection) and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). It...
“This achievement is the final step in the program and I am proud to see the airport continuing as an industry leader in reducing carbon emissions,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Their journey to carbon neutrality is testament to the airport’s complete commitment to council’s vision of being Australia’s most sustainable region - healthy, smart and creative.
“Becoming carbon neutral is a credit to work put in by our airport management and staff.”
Sunshine Coast Airport joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program in 2012 and set a target to become carbon neutral by 2018.
In 2013, the airport achieved Level 1 Mapping, followed by Level 2 Reduction in 2014 and Level 3 Optimisation last year.
Airport general manager Peter Pallot said achieving carbon neutrality was a fantastic milestone.
“The team have worked incredibly hard to make Sunshine Coast Airport the most sustainable airport in the country,” Mr Pallot said.
“To date our initiatives have delivered a 24% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions, 9% reduction in electricity consumption per passenger and an 11% reduction in waste to landfill per passenger.”
Since mapping its carbon usage in 2013, Sunshine Coast Airport has continued to work on its carbon footprint reduction program through a series of low energy initiatives including investments in low energy lighting and air conditioning, the implementation of waste reduction, recycling programs, the use of water sensitive urban design, water usage reduction and water harvesting.
“We are proud to purchase Australian Gold Standard Carbon Offsets to negate our residual emissions,” Mr Pallot said.
“We chose to purchase Australian Carbon Offsets to support the Australian offset market and restore native forests.”
Airports Council International Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau also recognised the commitment required in achieving Level 3+ Neutrality under the Airport Carbon Accreditation.
“I would like to congratulate Sunshine Coast Airport in becoming the first carbon neutral airport in Australia!,” Mrs Chau said.
“Level 3+ Neutrality is the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program and it is recognition of the airport's great effort in reducing and offsetting emissions.
“We are proud of Sunshine Coast Airport's achievement and its commitment to sustainability which has set a good example for airports in the region.
“ACI will continue to work with our airport members in their journey towards carbon neutrality which is crucial for the sustainable development of our industry.” ... See MoreSee Less
Australia Zoo’s tiger cubs celebrate first birthday party
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