HOSPITAL NEWS Southern Highlands Celebrates 20th Anniversary 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Southern Highlands Private Hospital located in Bowral, which was acquired by Ramsay Health Care in 2001. From small beginnings opening their doors in April 1996, Southern Highlands Private Hospital has grown to become a leading provider of health care in the Highlands community and beyond. Jenny Harper, Southern Highlands Private Hospitals’ Chief Executive Officer, was enlisted over 20 years ago to build and commission the hospital and has continued to oversee the ongoing expansion of the hospital over the years. Over 150 staff, doctors and special guests celebrated the 20th anniversary with a cocktail reception at Centennial Vineyards in Bowral. The night began with a touching tribute to the late Paul Ramsay before moving onto celebrations where many of the original staff members also celebrating 20 years of service were presented with awards. 14 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 03 Keyhole Bunion Surgery: A First for the Gold Coast John Flynn Private Hospital is the first Gold Coast hospital to offer revolutionary foot surgery and Dr Hugh Won, Orthopaedic Surgeon, has completed over 100 keyhole bunion procedures. The conventional technique for bunion surgery requires long skin cuts to expose the bones and to allow for the bone cuts with a saw and for fixation plates and screws to be installed. The soft tissue trauma becomes a major risk factor for wound problems as the foot swells a lot for many months after surgery. The keyhole surgery is now possible with innovations in a precision cutting burr, fine wire-guided screws and by using fluoroscopy (real-time “x-ray vision”). The whole bunion surgery can be completed with several 3mm holes. This helps to reduce the amount of pain from the dissection and exposure, and lower the risk of wound problems afterwards. The smaller wounds are also much less noticeable. The foot is bandaged and protected within a post-op surgical sandal and patients are allowed to stand and walk on the heel. The wounds are kept clean and dry for two weeks. The forefoot is treated in the same way as having broken bones with six weeks of protection in the sandal. Soft tissue swelling and discomfort can take 6 – 12 months to resolve. Most patients are able to fit into their previous shoes at three months. Run nationally by the Cancer Patients Foundation, Look Good Feel Better is a free community service program that helps people cope with appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in practical workshops covering skincare, make-up and headwear demonstrations, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence. Look Good Feel Better National Manager, Carol Kavurma, said Joondalup Health Campus’ commitment to the program over the past 12 months had been exceptional. “The team at Joondalup Health Campus have an absolute belief in the positive impact that our program has on their patients and consistently take a proactive approach to ensure Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Hugh Won. Before surgery. After keyhole surgery. their patients are aware of the support Look Good Feel Better can offer,” she said. JHC oncology registered nurses Yvonne Parsons and Jill Fitzpatrick flew to Sydney to accept the award at the charity’s annual fundraising event on behalf of the hospital. The award was presented by the charity’s Chairman, David Blakeley, Patron Kerri-Anne Kennerley and ambassador Zoe Foster Blake. Ms Parsons described it as an absolute honour and said it was a great morale booster for staff in the hospital’s Oncology and Haematology Centre. “We were surprised and delighted to win,” she said. “Our staff do work incredibly hard to help patients in every way so this award really does mean a lot to them.” Joondalup Health Campus Oncology Unit wins national award Joondalup Health Campus has been awarded Look Good Feel Better’s National Venue of the Year, beating more than 180 health facilities around the country to take the honour. It is also the first time a Western Australian organisation has won this award. L to R: Terry Little, LGFB board director; Zoe Foster Blake, LGFB Ambassador; Jill Fitzpatrick, JHC nurse; Kerri-Anne Kennerley, LGFB Patron; Yvonne Parsons, JHC registered nurse; David Blakeley, LGFB Chairman; Carol Kavurma, LGFB National Manager. Credit: Daisy Stockbridge Photography Southern Highlands 20th Party – Brian and Anne Thornton (Paul Ramsay's twin sister), Kate Munnings, Jenny Harper and Malcolm Passmore.
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