Hospital Stays Blog - Tips, News and Accommodation Reviews

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Dec 2018

New staff accommodation opens at Mareeba Hospital

Published in General on December 10, 2018

Enhancing the services provided by healthcare professionals just became a lot easier as three new houses for staff members have been built and recently opened at the Mareeba Hospital, built by WIP Construction.These houses, ranging around $1.5M were created with a commitment to efficient healthcare services in the surrounding areas of Queensland.“Staff accommodation has been id...

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04

Dec 2018

New hospital sees demand for accommodation soar

Published in General on December 04, 2018

After noticing a constant need for more lodging, a new 60-apartment complex has been designed and is currently being built. The projected opening date for this complex is April of 2017.These apartment homes are located next to Sunshine Coast University Hospital and will consist of either two or three bedroom apartments. These apartments are also conveniently located on the wate...

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22

Nov 2018

Everything you need to know about the new Northern Beaches Hospital

Published in General on November 22, 2018

Frenchs Forest now has a brand new hot spot. It is the 70,000m2 Northern Beaches Hospital whose construction began in February 2015 and is finally finished. It is the first 4-star Green Star accredited hospital in New South Wales. After over three years of development and road works, this excellent $600 million facility is open for business.This project is being delivered in pa...

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19

Nov 2018

Countries where you really don’t want to end up in hospital

Published in General on November 19, 2018

Getting sick or injured during a vacation away from home can always ruin a holiday, but some of the hospital bills in these Countries will cost you thousands.When you get sick at home it’s bad enough, but you usually don’t have to worry about receiving a vicious hospital bill that could leave you scrambling on your next paycheque.There are a couple of places you should be warne...

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12

Nov 2018

New on-site accommodation for families unveiled at Perth Children’s Hospital

Published in General on November 12, 2018

In a new first, the families of children that will be needing emergency treatment at Perth Children’s Hospital will have full access to a new on-site accommodation, so that they will be much closer to their loved ones during their difficult time.The Health Minister, Mr. Roger Cook recently announced the purpose-built facility will be open on June 10th, and strictly for the fami...

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05

Nov 2018

Bega regional hospital carers accommodation opens

Published in General on November 05, 2018

Friday, December 15th, is going to be an exciting day for the public in Bega. After five years, the Community Carers Accommodation South East will finally be able to open stage one of their current project. This is just one stage of three, which will eventually be opened to the public.On December 15th, the public will be able to tour the new accommodation facility, which will i...

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17

Oct 2018

Comparing Hospital Insurance: Private Cover vs Medicare

Published in General on October 17, 2018

Australian citizens automatically have health insurance coverage under Medicare, by virtue of the government's provision and a 2% income tax. This public health coverage does its best to provide universal healthcare for common or regular ailments and complaints. How is Medicare Different from Private Care?  What health insurance plan works for you depends on your...

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17

Oct 2018

Public hospitals aren't 'free': so charge an accommodation fee

Published in General on October 17, 2018

A bill that is trying to be passed that affects emergency departments was almost completely turned down. The Abbott Government would like to charge a $7 copayment for any GP services offered in an emergency department.Hospitals aren’t free by any means, and the Abbott government made this proposal for people who refuse to meet copayment. This proposal would allow public hospita...

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08

Oct 2018

Hospitals & Clinics: Public and Private Treatment

Published in General on October 08, 2018

Instead of people having to go to a hospital or clinic far away, many Australian towns now have a hospital or clinic readily available. Each one is marked by the big white H on a blue background to be seen easily.Australia’s public hospitals are funding by both the federal government and state or territory governments. They’re administered by the state and territory health depa...

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04

Oct 2018

Lymphoma and Myeloma Treatments to be Subsided Through $48M PBS Listing

Published in General on October 04, 2018

More affordable drugs for Australians living with blood cancer are on the way thanks to the Federal Government’s recent announcement of $48 million in funding.The Leukaemia Foundation is now celebrating the gift of greater funding, which will benefit around 700 people living with advanced follicular lymphoma. In reference to the new Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), CEO Bil...

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03

Oct 2018

Mona Vale Hospital Redevelopment

Published in General on October 03, 2018

This article summarizes the past and future development of the Mona Vale Hospital, a trusted name in healthcare and hospital services for more than five decades for the residents of Northern Beaches.The campus will be changing in the near future, alongside the transfer of acute services to Northern Beaches Hospital. This is set to take place in late 2018, and is part of the str...

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Sep 2018

Innovative Program for Improving Health at the Hospital

Published in General on September 30, 2018

New things are happening at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, the latest of which will help to speed up the recovery of in-patients as well as help maintain their fitness. A newly launched program that has been approved by the Heart Foundation of Australia encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to go “Walkabout” during their hospital stay.Jessica Morris, an Abori...

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19

Sep 2018

Perth Children’s Hospital Welcomes Child Patients from Princess Margaret in One of the Most Impressive Patient Transfers in History

Published in General on September 19, 2018

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children closed for business earlier this summer, ending more than a century of service to the families of Perth and the surrounding area.The final patients, almost 100 in number, were transferred to Perth’s Children’s Hospital in an incredible undertaking that required weeks to plan. Some fifteen ambulances, supported by a host of police escorts...

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10

Sep 2018

Harnessing Renewable Energy: Australia's Largest Hospital Solar Power System to Be Installed in Port Macquarie

Published in General on September 10, 2018

Port Macquarie Base Hospital is getting ready to install the biggest rooftop solar panel set up on any healthcare facility in Australia. The town is known for having one of the most ideal climates in the country, making it a perfect candidate for such an extensive solar system.Located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Port Macquarie receives many hours of direct sunlig...

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07

Sep 2018

Suicide Awareness and Antidepressant Drugs

Published in General on September 07, 2018

Every September, professionals, citizens, and survivors take time to bring attention and awareness to suicide through World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the World Health Organization, 800,000 people worldwide die from suicide each year, and many, many more attempt suicide. It is the leading cause of death around the world in people between the ages of 15 and 29. Recogni...

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03

Sep 2018

Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre Ward to Reopen as SA Health Prepares for Busy Winter

Published in General on September 03, 2018

According to a recent bulletin issued to Central Adelaide Local Health Network members, SA Health is preparing for the reopening of an old ward in Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre to accommodate seasonal overcrowding of the state’s hospitals during winter.The end of the year is historically the most overwhelming time for healthcare providers due to the uptick in patient care cau...

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Aug 2018

ACT Budget 2018: Canberra Hospital to Get $112 Million Following String of Issues

Published in General on August 27, 2018

In June, the ACT Government added $112 million to the budget allocated for “core hospital services.” This is in response to Canberra Hospital’s well-published troubles and is intended to add at least 12 doctors, 60 nurses and perhaps up to 80 patient beds over the coming years. The core services in need of an influx of cash include the intensive care unit, the emergency departm...

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20

Aug 2018

Hospital in the Home Program to Receive $34.5 Million Over Four Years In ACT Budget

Published in General on August 20, 2018

In November 2017, Wendy Bryant was diagnosed with an infection that was classified as “multi-resistant” and as a result, she could have spent the past half year in the hospital. However, as a result of Hospital in the Home, Ms Bryant was able to receive treatment and begin recovering comfortably at her own home where she resides with her husband.When asked about her experience,...

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07

Aug 2018

Construction Begins on $340 Million Herston Quarter Health Facility

Published in General on August 07, 2018

In a total allotment of $1.1 billion construction project for the Herston Quarter Redevelopment, construction has begun on the public health facility which is to be state-of-the-art. According to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who visited the work site in mid-June, her government is providing Queenslanders with “world-class healthcare,” of which this project comprises approximat...

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23

Jul 2018

How Pathology Advancements Helped One Regional Hospital Tackle the Horror of 2017 Flu Season

Published in General on July 23, 2018

With flu season quickly approaching, doctors throughout Australia are working nonstop to educate healthcare workers and the general public as to the potential dangers inherent in contracting influenza. Last year, New South Wales was hit especially hard in the Illawarra region and so 2017 has gone down as one of the worst flu seasons on record in recent history. The following ar...

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16

Jul 2018

Brain Cancer Survivor Praises Push for Treatment Breakthroughs

Published in General on July 16, 2018

Kaitlyn O’Kane has grown used to being exceptional. As a teenage cancer sufferer, she was already in an unenviable minority. But, despite now being cancer free, Kaitlyn has had to contend with ongoing side effects from the chemotherapy treatment. This includes permanent hair loss.Recently, Kaitlyn came out in support of a new high-profile campaign to make more breakthroughs wit...

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09

Jul 2018

Text Me' alert system helping heart attack sufferers maintain treatment after hospital

Published in General on July 09, 2018

Every year, roughly 55,000 Australians go to the hospital because of a heart attack. Of these, a third are repeat heart attacks. A new text message alert system is being trialled across Australia, in a bid to combat heart attacks. After leaving the hospital, the system provides patients with important follow-up information.After HospitalProfessor Clara Chow is the Director of A...

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02

Jul 2018

Innovative Voice Activation Device for Spinal Patients Makes Lives Easier

Published in General on July 02, 2018

Voice-activated devices are becoming more common in the tech world, with the likes of Siri proving popular. Now, a Sydney hospital has found yet another application of the technology, which is being used to help patients with spinal injuries.For many of these patients, pushing a regular button isn’t always easy. Spinal patients find operating a push-button awkward, while other...

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19

Jun 2018

Visitors in Hospital

Published in General on June 19, 2018

Having visitors while in the hospital is an important aspect of recovery and recuperation for many people, and hospitals each have their own policies for allowing visitors to see patients where appropriate. For many patients, seeing the right visitors can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety of their situation. However, it must always be up to the patient as to whether they wa...

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May 2018

Strength Through Movement: Physical Therapy and Its Impact on Mesothelioma Patients

Published in General on May 17, 2018

Dealing with mesothelioma on a daily basis is tough for patients. Shortness of breath causes these patients to perform fewer tasks in a given day. Both responsibilities and fun become arduous chores that are better off ignored. With National Women's Health Week approaching, struggling with this chronic condition shouldn't be the norm. There is an option in physical therapy...

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05

Mar 2018

Increasing Daily Step Count Reduces Days In Hospital, Study Shows

Published in General on March 05, 2018

We often like to think that running is the only way to effective weight loss and better fitness. This is partly true, but a lifetime of running also tends to wear out the knee joints and can cause mobility problems even when running only on soft ground. The number of knee replacement surgeries is a testament to the problem. Walking, on the other hand, doesn’t deliver the i...

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20

Feb 2018

Dealing with Food Allergies During a Stay at Hospital

Published in General on February 20, 2018

Being admitted to hospital is a scary experience. Our fact sheet is designed to help you prepare for the process of hospital admission, particularly dealing with your food allergy. Managing allergies to foods is a difficult prospect at home, especially if you suffer from multiple allergies or have severe reactions to food products. Managing allergies is even more complicated at...

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28

Sep 2017

Prepping Your Child for a Hospital Stay

Published in General on September 28, 2017

If your child is staying overnight or longer at a hospital, it may be a stressful experience for them and you. Hospitalization involves a disruption of routine, separation from loved ones and an invasion of perceived privacy. As a parent, you may be unsure how to talk to them about their stay or what to say to prepare them. You may be concerned with how much information is too...

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07

Sep 2017

Recovery as a Simple Tip for Avoiding Sports Injuries

Published in General on September 07, 2017

Kardinia Health has three Physiotherapists who can treat sports injuries as well as general physical illness. Ben Bisset, Allied Health Coordinator and Physiotherapist, spoke about the types of sports injuries commonly seen in Geelong, and about his time as a competing national-level triathlete.According to Ben Bisset, who worked for two years within the acute and rehabilitatio...

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Aug 2017

Understanding the Average Length of Stay in Hospitals

Published in General on August 31, 2017

Frequently regarded as a sign of efficiency, the average length of stay in hospitals (ALOS) has a direct correlation with how much people are spending. A shorter ALOS, assuming all other factors are the same, will reduce the average cost of each discharge. This also means patients need to rely more on post-acute services. In addition, a shorter hospital stay usually means more...

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28

Aug 2017

International Healthcare Worker Migration Affects Nursing Staff

Published in General on August 28, 2017

The proportion of foreign-schooled nurses in almost all OECD countries is significantly less than that of foreign-trained doctors. But, the number of nurses to doctors is much lower anyway, so the number of nurses schooled in foreign countries is likely greater than the number of doctors who also trained abroad.OECD countries have varying numbers of nurses trained outside the c...

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24

Aug 2017

Growing Shortage of Doctors in Some OECD Countries

Published in General on August 24, 2017

The migration of doctors and healthcare workers worldwide isn’t a new issue, but it has garnered attention recently because it might lead to shortages of skilled workers in certain locations, especially in still-developing countries that already deal with workforce shortages. The World Health Assembly adopted the Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of...

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