HOSPITAL NEWS MT WILGA’S LYMPHOEDEMA CLINIC TURNS 25 YEARS 25 years ago, Dr Helen Mackie initiated the training of therapists in complex physical therapy to address the needs of patients who had developed Lymphoedema after chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Mt Wilga’s Lymphoedema management program commenced. Mt Wilga’s reputation has grown over the years as the Lymphoedema Facility of Choice in NSW and many people travel intrastate and from New Zealand to attend the program. Mt Wilga offers the intensity of a complex therapy program delivered daily over several weeks. Complementary therapies include Dietetics and Exercise Physiology for weight management and hydrotherapy for exercise. Level 1 and 2 certified Lymphoedema Practitioners provide lymphatic massage, low level laser therapy, Physio Touch negative pressure technology, bandaging, compression garment prescription and skin care to improve lymphatic flow and help reduce swelling and pain. There is also strong education component on self-managing Lymphoedema successfully long term. Lymphoedema causes changes to the skin and the tissues below are and risk of infection is high. The limb may be large and very heavy due to a fatty change in the subcutaneous tissue induced by Lymphoedema. When people are at this stage, they may be suitable for specialised Liposuction at Macquarie University Hospital which, involves removing excess fatty tissue Dr Mackie says: “It is not a cure and rehabilitation and compression therapy is necessary for long-term management. However, liposuction normalises the limb size, makes the compression more effective, improving pain, heaviness and mobility. It helps to improve people’s emotional and social wellbeing as well”. The Mt Wilga Lymphoedema service works concurrently with the liposuction service at Macquarie University Hospital to maximise the patient outcome before and after surgery. Tiny device to jump start Jenelle’s heart 12 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 04 Hollywood hosts National Advisory Committee to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Members of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) to the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs recently visited Hollywood Private Hospital’s (Hollywood) 70 bed inpatient and day patient mental health facility, The Hollywood Clinic. The NAC, which advises the Minister on the effectiveness of the Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS), initiated the meeting to learn more about Hollywood’s mental health services and its unique relationship with the VVCS. Hollywood CEO, Peter Mott, said “As a leader in the area of mental health services, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise to benefit the wider community. It was a privilege to host members of the NAC and explore the ways in which we can work together to assist Western Australia’s (WA) veterans and their families”. The 17 guests including NAC Chair, Professor Jane Burns, met with members of the hospital’s Executive and the team of mental health professionals who deliver the Clinic’s trauma recovery programs. The team works closely with the VVCS to ensure the provision of comprehensive care and services to veterans affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression. This type of relationship is being adopted by other therapy groups across the State and nationally. Veterans participating in one of the Clinic’s day patient trauma therapy programs are introduced to the VVCS at the commencement of the program. Following the program’s completion, a representative from the Clinic helps patients to transition to VVCS’s care for ongoing support and guidance. Mr Mott added, “As a former military hospital, Hollywood has cared for WA’s veterans for more than 70 years. The Clinic’s special relationship with the VVCS is an integral part of the hospital’s commitment to providing outstanding care and services for the State’s veteran community. Our ongoing collaboration aims to benefit veterans and their families for years to come”. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence. Cairns Private Hospital has performed its first ever implant of a tiny machine designed to jump-start a human heart. Jennelle Jeffrey, 36, was implanted with a Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator (SICD) after an operation at the hospital in November. The political staffer for Cairns MP Rob Pyne suffers from a heart condition causing excessive thickening of her heart muscle. To combat any onset of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), Ms Jeffery needs to be permanently fitted with an S-ICD to detect any irregular heart beats (arrhythmia), and then deliver electrical shocks to restore a normal heartbeat. Traditional implanted defibrillators have leads placed into the heart itself. Ms Jeffrey’s new apple-sized device sits just below the skin without touching the heart and blood vessels, potentially avoiding serious complications associated with leads in the heart. The mini-machine was described as a great step forward for patients at risk of cardiac arrest, the hospital’s cardiologist, Dr Chin Lim. “For suitable patients, this is the preferred option compared to traditional defibrillator systems,” he said. “It means those patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest can have the new ICDs implanted to detect arrhythmias.” He said SCA was a serious, life-threatening condition that occurred without warning. Cairns Post, Cairns 02 Dec 2016, by Daniel Bateman General News, page 6 - Size: 577.00 cm² Regional - Circulation: 15,157 (MTWTF--) ID 694610395 BRIEF RHC_REG PAGE 2 of 2 WONDER MACHINE: Cairns MP Rob Pyne's political staffer Jennelle Jeffrey, who is the first patient in Cairns to receive this heart implant, recovers in Cairns Private Hospital holding the heart device she received from Dr Chin Lim. Picture: STEWART McLEAN “If a person does not receive immediate treatment with defibrillation, brain damage and death can occur,” he said. Ms Jeffrey, who was fitted with a different implant about 10 years ago, said she was thankful she was able to undergo the operation to receive her new implant in Cairns. “I’ve had my previous one removed in Brisbane, and it was a great operation, but it was very lonely,” she said. “I was socially isolated. “The cost of transport and accommodation, and things like that – even trips down there for consultation – it was such a hassle.” HOLLYWOOD VIDEOS HELP PATIENTS PREPARE FOR HOSPITAL Hollywood Private Hospital has released two short and informative videos to help patients prepare for their time in the hospital. The videos are available on the Hollywood corporate website and provide patients with all the information they need to know prior to their admission. The ‘Before Your Day of Surgery: The Pre-Admission Process’ video, communicates what patients need to do before arriving at the hospital. It also explains the Ramsay Health Care MyCare Online Admission Form and how they can complete their pre-admission paperwork online, in the convenience of their own home. The second video, ‘Getting to Know Our Day of Surgery Unit’, explains to patients what will happen when they come to the hospital for surgical procedures, from admission through to discharge. Hollywood CEO, Peter Mott, said “Through increased communication with patients before their admission, we hope to make them feel more confident, secure and relaxed about their upcoming hospital experience.” “In addition to enhancing the patient experience, it is also anticipated the videos will help to increase the number of patients using MyCare.” The National Advisory Committee with members of Hollywood’s Executive & the team of mental health professionals who deliver the Clinic’s trauma recovery programs. Jennelle Jeffrey with Cairns Cardiologist Dr Chin Lim. (Courtesy of Cairns Post) Dr Helen Mackie, Rehabilitation Consultant, Zoe Baldwin, Lymphoedema Team Leader & Lorrie Mohsen Mt Wilga CEO.
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