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Epworth Sisters Update - Six Weeks

You may recall the incredible story of Jane and Alex, sisters who gave birth on the same day at different Epworth hospitals. We hear how they’re going six weeks on.

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Changing Lives in APAC

This remarkable story is about a team member and the wonderful volunteer work she’s been doing with Interplast.

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Online Interactive Learning for the Pacific Islands

Last month distance interactive online learning sessions for Pacific Islands physicians, surgeons and nurses commenced with the support of Epworth Geelong Gastroenterologist, Associate Professor Chris Hair.

As a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association (ANZGITA), Assoc. Prof. Hair has spent close to a decade assisting the development of endoscopy and gastroenterology through teaching and advocacy in many lower middle income countries in the Pacific.

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Epworth Geelong to Support Local Women's Football

Epworth Geelong is proud to announce a three year deal with AFL Barwon as the female football naming rights partner for competitions across Geelong.

The growth of women’s football right across the country has allowed females to play without barriers. The popularity of the sport within Geelong saw the number of female teams grow within the Barwon region from 44 in 2017 to 60 in 2018. In the same period, the senior competition increased from 2 to 10 teams who now compete for the ‘Epworth Cup’.

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First Geelong Baby of 2018 born at Epworth Geelong

Our maternity team were thrilled to welcome the first baby born in the New Year at Epworth Geelong with Huxley George Partington making a timely arrival at 12.09am on January 1.

Not only was Huxley the first baby born for 2018, he was also the 100th baby born at Epworth Geelong.

By missing the previous year by just minutes, Huxley get to share his birthday with his grandmother Angela Partington who celebrates her 72nd birthday today.

Congratulations to mum Caroline, dad Jon and baby brother Arthur on the arrival of this little milestone maker!

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Violet Whiting, 100. A Tribute

Violet Whiting came to Epworth Geelong in February 2017 and stayed with us for some weeks.  She died unexpectedly at her nursing home on 24 June 2017. This article is based on my interview with Violet just a few days before, and is a tribute to the wonderful person that she was from those of us who had the privilege to meet her.

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Ironman Ian Gets Back on Track

Ian Rea is not your average rehabilitation patient. At 61, he exercises an average of four hours every day. He walks; is a regular deep water runner; swims; rides and runs. And that was after his back operation!

“It’s what I love doing! I really enjoy my sport and I enjoy competing”, he said. But after an old back injury flared up, Ian experienced pain that his doctors told him wasn’t going away without surgical intervention.

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A Tribute to Dr Bill Williams

The medical community have lost a treasured colleague in Dr Bill Williams (pictured above right).

Dr Williams died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Torquay on September 12th, a week before his 58th birthday. He was a much loved, valued and trusted doctor and will be missed by many, especially his immediate family, to whom he was completely devoted.

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AFL Club Doctors Share the Joy

Working at Western Bulldogs for the last twenty years, Sports physician Dr Gary Zimmerman and Dr Jake Landsberger participated in their first AFL wining Grand final as club Doctors last Saturday.

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A Happy Traveller Thanks to Emergency

My wife Judi and I departed on a driving holiday from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland on the 5th of July. Our plan was to travel to Victoria and drive from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road.  We were looking forward to this trip as it was the first holiday we’ve had in a while.  A couple of years back I lost my job and it took me a while to find a new one, so this  was our first holiday since starting my new job 15 months ago.

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Sport Inspires Mo to go for Gold

Mohsen Dashti’s life changed in an instant when the truck he was driving lost its brakes in 2012 and hit a tree. After a series of operations, doctors had to make the difficult decision to amputate Mohsen’s leg. But things started looking up when he commenced his rehabilitation program, and he now has a goal to aim for: the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

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It Was Book Week at School

Oliver’s mum retells her son’s visit to Epworth’s Geelong’s emergency department

Oliver is good now. He went swimming and a few stitches came off. I was really worried but the GP said the wound was healing okay and would not be a problem—but try to keep him away from water!

It was book day at school, so Oliver dressed up as his favourite book character, Harry Potter. We were just about to leave for school when I realised Oliver hadn’t brushed his teeth, so I sent him back inside. Next thing I heard him crying loudly. I ran into the house and saw him on the floor covered in blood. His lip was so swollen I thought a whole chunk was missing.

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Chest Pain and a Trip to Emergency for Cardiac Stress Tests

The week before 75-year-old Moolap resident Valerie Golding felt some niggling chest pains, she had climbed a mountain at Shoal Bay in NSW and played her regular 18 holes of golf.

A resident at Bellarine Lakes, Mrs Golding lives five minutes from the golf course and plays twice a week. And it looks like all that physical activity is paying off. She knew that chest pains require immediate attention, so she saw her doctor who recommended she take a cardiac stress test.

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Seeing Double at Epworth Geelong Emergency Department

My name is Lindy, I’m a hairdresser and I live in Highton, Geelong.

About the last week in July I began to get some blurred vision, but didn’t worry too much initially, but as it didn’t get better, I went to my GP and had my blood pressure tested. The GP recommended that I may need an MRI the following week.

But then I started experiencing double vision, so I began to get worried it could be serious and decided not to wait until the following week. Instead, while talking to the chemist and explaining the symptoms, the chemist recommended not to delay and suggested I should go to the newly opened Epworth Geelong. So, on 16 July, I went to the emergency department at Epworth Geelong and was seen by Dr Anne Waterhouse.

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Epworth Launches Public Art Gallery

A new public art gallery at Epworth Geelong

At Epworth, the one goal that drives everything we do is to improve patients’ lives. Growth through reach and services is just one of the ways in which we strive to achieve this goal.

We are very excited that the opening of Epworth Geelong provides us with a wonderful opportunity to seek to enrich, inspire and enliven our patients, visitors, staff, Deakin University students and the broader community, through the establishment of a dedicated public art gallery.

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Geelong Community Turn out in Force

In what has been hailed a major success, close to 3000 people toured the new Epworth Hospital in Geelong on Sunday at the Community Open Day.

The event was staffed by a team of 50 incredible volunteers who were run off their feet from 10:00am until after 3:30pm.
Volunteers were sustained by coffee from the new Zouki Café, who estimate that they served more than 3500 cups of coffee in their first day of operations, and Rotary who served more than 500 sausages from their BBQ in the small tent at the entrance of the hospital.

Visitors quickly filled the hospital’s main car park, overflowing to Deakin University’s car park next door. Visitors took the short walk to the new hospital along the Deakin Link path, to be used by Deakin students as they make their way to and from the new hospital.

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Significant Contributions to Geelong Through Hospital Construction

Epworth Geelong has not yet opened its doors to patients but the hospital is already making a positive impact to the Greater Geelong community, having awarded more than $21 million to local manufacturing and construction trades and suppliers.

Construction of Epworth Geelong was the primary contributor to the 557 per cent increase in Greater Geelong non-domestic building activity figures in November 2014 when the build gained momentum. By 30 June 2015 there were more than 550 people working on site.