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Hospital's Towering Addition

Demolition has started to make way for a 14-storey tower to be built next to the main part of the hospital to house an emergency department and a traditional Chinese medicine department.

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Extra Special Christmas Lunch for Cardiac Patients

The 2018 HeartSmart Christmas Lunch at Leonda on the Yarra was extra special with Tour de France cyclist, Matt Keenan acting as MC and a family sharing their personal story of a 'chain of survival'.

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Get a Health Check, Get Moving and Keep Talking

This was the take home message to around 80 Epworth team members who gathered on the Movember rooftop for a breakfast in November to support men's health at Epworth and across the community.

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Welcome to Victoria's First Class Emergency Departments

A visit to an emergency department (ED) can be frightening and is usually the result of an unexpected and sometimes traumatic event. Let’s face it. No one wants to call 000 or to drive through traffic when someone is very unwell.

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Clarendon Street Water Main Works

From late October through to December 2018, construction of the M41 Merri Creek to MCG Water Main Renewal Project will commence on Clarendon Street, East Melbourne.

If you plan on heading into Epworth Freemasons, our car park at 320 Victoria Parade is still open.

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Victoria Parade Water Mains Works

From Friday 21 September – Monday 8 October, crews will be working on Victoria Parade as part of the M41 Water Mains Project. All of our entrances are still open, including the car park.

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Good Morning Mark Myerson!

World-renowned orthopaedic foot & ankle surgeon Mark Myerson was guest of honour at Epworth on a recent Sunday morning, where he led a cutting-edge discussion on the diagnosis and management of patients with complex and challenging disorders of the foot and ankle.

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Epworth Scholarship Inspiration

Every year in winter, thanks to Epworth Medical Foundation and its generous donors, it’s scholarship application time at Epworth. In a program unique to Epworth’s ten sites, around 100 staff receive an award that has the power to become the highlight of their career.

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One Big Mother’s Group at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong extended world breastfeeding week into a whole month to protect, promote and support the breastfeeding journey.

We see lots of mums and understand the different pressures they face when it comes to feeding. Bodies, society judgement, going back to work and their own expectations all impact the decision between breast and bottle for new mums.

To promote breastfeeding awareness and education across Greater Geelong, Epworth Geelong hosted ‘One big mother’s group’ – a complimentary high tea for new mums last Friday.

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Epworth’s New Robots: Thanks La Trobe Financial

Epworth HealthCare is very pleased to announce that it recently received the largest benefaction since it was first established in Richmond in 1920, enabling the purchase Epworth campuses six X model da Vinci robots, and new surgical equipment for multiple Epworth sites.

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2018 Research Week Awards Dinner

Last night we celebrated the 2018 Research Week Awards Dinner where 11 grant and four poster award recipients were announced. These grants will enable all of the recipients to put their research into action and steer the future of their chosen topics. 

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Understanding Your Health in Another Language

Medical jargon can sound like a foreign language at the best of times, but imagine if your doctor was talking to you in a language other than the one you speak! Would you know what to do?

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Wig Salon Opens at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is here to support cancer patients with more than just clinical care.

Patients experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment can now access the new Wig Salon, located at Epworth Geelong.

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Women's Health Clinic Opens at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong were excited to open a new Women’s Health Clinic, designed to support women’s within our growing community.

The Women’s Health Clinic is a comprehensive health assessment and advice service provided exclusively for women by women.

The opening of the dedicated women’s health clinic provides a local option for women access caring female general practitioners who are passionate about women’s health and experts in supporting both physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

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Concussion Clinic Opens at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong has opened a new outpatient Concussion Clinic to support local patients who are experiencing ongoing symptoms as a result of a concussion.

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, resulting from a knock to the head that affects the function of the brain. It can result in a temporary loss of consciousness or confused state. Causes of concussion can include falls, sport, vehicle accidents, pedestrian or bicycle accidents, workplace incidents or physical abuse. Concussion can affect physical, emotional and/or thinking skills.

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Introducing Maternity Services at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong provides a premium, private maternity service for Greater Geelong.

We’re excited to share our new video, which provides insight into the maternity services and facilities available for women and their babies.

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Geelong Maternity Service Launches in April

The maternity service at Epworth Geelong will soon commence, as we welcome four obstetricians to the hospital.

Geelong Maternity Group, comprising Dr James Swan, Dr Michael Shembrey, Dr Jodie Benson and Dr Emily Huning, will move into Suite 3.3 over the coming weeks. From late April, Geelong Maternity Group will see their first patients who are at approximately ten weeks gestation. We expect our first full-term baby to be born in November 2017, with the first booking already confirmed.

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Spinal Surgery in Geelong a First

Neurosurgeon Girish Nair inserted a small titanium disc in his patient’s upper spine at Epworth Geelong in September.

The operation worked around the oesophagus, trachea and the carotid artery (the artery supplying blood to the brain) to help release pressure on a nearby nerve and restore function to her right arm.

Dr Nair says an increasing number of patients suffer from disc prolapse due to incorrect posture using digital devices, including laptops and smarts phones.

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Patients Can’t Believe They’re in a Hospital

Have you heard the joke about hospital food?

Sadly, hospital food has often been derided over the years for being overcooked, lukewarm and unappetising. But in a first for Geelong, Epworth Geelong’s food service has been given a massive make-over that has raised the bar from hospital to restaurant level quality and service.

Food is now prepared fresh on demand. Patients order from a menu on the TV monitor by their bed and kitchen staff prepare their orders and deliver it to the ward hosts, who deliver it fresh and piping hot to the patient.

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Prime Minister Formally Opens Epworth Geelong

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, today formally opened Epworth Geelong – the region’s first private teaching hospital – at a ceremonial event in Waurn Ponds.

The $277 million, 172-bed facility includes a 20 space private emergency department, patient bedside terminals; a complex care facility for patients with complex neurological and cardiac conditions; a clinical education and simulation centre; a rehabilitation centre; and maternity service due to commence mid-2017.

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Heart and Brain Make Power Couple

They’re embarrassed by the label, but they’re definitely the Bellarine’s newest power couple. Meet Nick Hall, Geelong’s first-ever resident neurosurgeon and his wife Catherine Jaworski, Epworth’s Interventional Cardiologist. The heart and the brain.

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Epworth Geelong's First Accredited GP Education Symopsium

At Epworth, supporting our GPs through education continues to be a priority.

Epworth Geelong recently held its very first Category 1 GP education event — a symposium on common medical emergencies — opened by Epworth Geelong CEO Damian

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Epworth Geelong is Recruiting Again

Expanded services create new career opportunities

When Epworth Geelong opened in July, future growth was always on the cards for the new hospital in the long-term. That future is now already a reality. With the increased provision of specialist and surgical services, in particular, in the areas of orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and ophthalmology, the hospital is planning to open new wards before Christmas.

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New Milestone for Epworth Geelong Emergency Department

At 9.20am on 23 August, Epworth Geelong Emergency Department saw its 500th patient since opening on 4 July.

“Since seeing our first patient literally as we opened our doors, patients with broken bones, suspected heart attacks, concussion, and many other ailments and conditions have opted to come to the new ED in Waurn Ponds”, said Dr Matt Ryan, Director of Emergency Medicine at Epworth Geelong.

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Technology Creates New Possibilities at Geelong's Newest Imaging Unit

Dr Paul Smith is one of the new breed of radiologists, practising interventional radiology to achieve minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

One such disease is liver cancer. Dr Smith hopes to introduce a new procedure to deliver chemotherapy directly into the liver, using fluoroscopy-guided wires to bypass blockages. This new service will spark opportunities for developing a liver and bile duct research program in collaboration with Geelong’s Deakin University.

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Cardiac Diagnostic Services now Available at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong delivers comprehensive, expert cardiac and cardiothoracic diagnostics, treatment and care.

Services include:

  • tests essential to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart disease and rhythm disturbances

  • analysis of heart rhythm and blood pressure

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Welcome to Epworth Geelong

Take a guided tour through our brand new hospital, view the facilities and meet the friendly staff at Epworth Geelong.

Experience a personal behind-the-scenes view of our spacious private rooms, emergency department, hydrotherapy pool, operating theatres, treatment centres and more.

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Epworth Geelong Takes First Patients on Opening Day

There was no honeymoon period for $277 million Epworth Geelong, which welcomed our first emergency patient before 8am on 4 July.

Herne Hill resident Mark Somerville was one of the city’s first public patients to use the renal dialysis machines, courtesy of a partnership between Epworth Geelong and Barwon Health.

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Day One Today at Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong — the $277 million hospital on Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds — is open and welcoming its first patients.

Approximately 350 staff are on-site, ready to deliver patient care and adding some finishing touches to the 172 private inpatient rooms. Apurpose-designed emergency department is open from 8am till midnight and operating theatres are booked.

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First Man in Emergency at Epworth Geelong

Greg Lane is the Principal at St Mary’s Primary School at Swan Hill.

Holidaying in Anglesea, Greg slipped and fell yesterday, hurting his elbow. After a night of discomfort, Greg presented at Epworth Geelong this morning “to be sure it’s not broken”. He didn’t realise that his fall was to become Epworth history, making him the first male patient seen in the new Emergency Department

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Meet the Epworth Geelong CEO

Geelong local Damian Armour (pictured) was appointed to the position of CEO of Epworth Geelong in early 2014.

Damian’s proven capability and many years of achievements at Epworth, together with his strong links to the Geelong community, positioned him ideally for this role.    

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Minister for Health Tops Epworth Geelong

The Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley today joined Epworth Geelong in a symbolic ‘topping out’ event, as Brookfield Multiplex workers at reached its highest point on level 7.

Minister Ley said Epworth’s reputation for excellence will be a major boost to health services in the rapidly-growing Geelong and SW region.

“This $12million Australian Government commitment to the construction of the high quality complex care unit will provide the community of Geelong and surrounding areas with access to closer to home,” Ms Ley said.

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Hospital Milestone "Truly Momentous"

Geelong’s shiny new hospital is another step closer to admitting patients, following the handover of the key from builders Brookfield Multiplex to Epworth HealthCare on Friday 15 April 2016.

The $277 million, 262 bed state-of-the-art hospital on Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds, has been under construction since April 2014 and will now be fitted out by the Epworth Geelong team in preparation for a mid-year opening.

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Depression in the Elderly

Depression remains the most common mental health challenge in the elderly. It is often under-diagnosed and consequently, under-treated, causing a real challenge for the patient and their families.