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Gladstone team provides medical imaging services

Gladstone team provides medical imaging services

Often people ask about what imaging is available at Gladstone Hospital.   We have three radiographers who work in our department, one of whom is part time.  Two of them can do ultrasound as well as X-rays.   We refer patients to CQMI for CT scans, MRI and nuclear scans.  Out of hours we can […]

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Design of a new Emergency Department for the Gladstone Hospital.

Design of a new Emergency Department for the Gladstone Hospital.

Last week Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced funding to design a new Emergency Department for the Gladstone Hospital. We would like to get on with this as soon as possible but there are lots of issues to take into account. We need to look at contemporary designs and talk to people working in new departments […]

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Gladstone Emergency team delivers top care

Gladstone Emergency team delivers top care

In the past weeks staff at Gladstone Hospital have been lifted by the letters in the Observer thanking them for the good care delivered in the Emergency Department.   Over the past year more than 29,000 patients came through Emergency, an average of 80 per day.   We categorise patients into five levels of care, […]

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Locum Doctors are Great for the Community

Locum Doctors are Great for the Community

I hear a lot about the downside of using locum doctors, that is temporary doctors at the hospital.   I know that it is not ideal having doctors come and go from the hospital, but the good thing is that we have a group of doctors who like to come to Gladstone regularly.   So, […]

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Keeping the community informed

Keeping the community informed

Since I arrived in Gladstone six months ago I have been embraced by both the hospital staff and the people of Gladstone and it has been a great feeling. As I meet new people in the town I am asked questions about “why don’t we do this?” or “why don’t we do that?”. The answer […]

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Gladstone Hospital welcomes new surgeon

Gladstone Hospital welcomes new surgeon

Last week I welcomed Dr Stefaan de Clercq, a general surgeon to Gladstone and the hospital. This is the end of a long process which has taken about a year to bring Dr de Clercq here. Dr de Clercq has two weeks of non-clinical work ahead of him, when we introduce him to working in […]

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Gladstone Hospital works around anaesthetic drug recall

Gladstone Hospital works around anaesthetic drug recall

This week there has been a nation-wide recall of an anaesthetic drug.  This medication is suspected of being contaminated with bacteria during manufacturing.   In this situation we hear from the Department of Health about the concern and then we have to make sure that all stocks are removed from the hospital.   Not only […]

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After-hours X-rays reserved for emergencies

After-hours X-rays reserved for emergencies

Once again it is school holidays and we expect that there will be an increase in injury attendances at the hospital.   We try to get everyone through the emergency department within four hours.  In fact our statistics for doing this are among the best in the state.   I just wanted to remind you […]

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Your hospital relies on a large team of support workers

Your hospital relies on a large team of support workers

We often hear people thanking all the clinical staff, the doctors, nurses and allied health staff who look after them. However the hospital has so many more staff than just clinical. Administrative and support staff often get a bad rap but without them we would have no chance of running the hospital. Some work on […]

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Hospital staff inspire health workers of the future

Hospital staff inspire health workers of the future

Gladstone Hospital welcomes high school students who wish to get a first hand idea of what working in health can be like.   We run a program in association with the Schools and Industry Network.   The students start with a day of induction when they learn about confidentiality, infection control and communication.   Then […]

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