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February 9, 2019| Health and Wellbeing /

Does it Need Stitches?

When your child injures themselves and bleeding is involved it can be scary for everyone. Knowing exactly what to do and when you should be seeking medical attention, can help to take some of the stress out of the situation.

February 8, 2019| Health and Wellbeing /

What is Glue Ear?

Glue ear can be a really common concern for young children. It’s important to know the signs, and when you should seek medical attention.

December 14, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

Accidental Poisoning and Children

Children are curious. They love to explore and as anyone with a small child will tell you, they love to put things in their mouths. They also like to copy adults and this might include “taking medicine”. Of course, they don’t understand the dangers that some products pose so it’s up to us to protect them.

December 14, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

Overdose – What to Do in an Emergency

There are two main reasons people overdose and both are frightening for those involved in seeking help for the injured person.

The person affected might make a mistake with their prescription medication, or perhaps, take too much of a drug when getting ‘high’ on an illegal substance. Others may want to cause deliberate harm to themselves. Both require a response from those who are in a position to seek help for the person.

November 20, 2018| Epworth News /

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.

November 20, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

An Epworth Guide to Chickenpox and Measles

Naturally, we all want to protect our kids and, thanks to medical research, safe and effective vaccines have been available for many years to protect children from serious contagious diseases, including measles and chickenpox.

November 19, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

Calling an Ambulance

When you’re faced with a medical emergency, the most important first step is to ring triple 000 and speak with an operator.

November 16, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

When is an Allergic Reaction an Emergency?

In Australia, allergies are very common. Around 1 in 3 people will develop allergies at some point in their life. The most common allergic conditions are food allergies, eczema, asthma and hayfever.

November 16, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

Tips to Stop a Nosebleed

Nosebleeds are an unfortunate commonality of life and can happen to anyone at any time. However, they’re usually not a signifier of an underlying health issue and can mostly be stopped through basic at home first aid.

February 19, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

Sprains, Fractures and Dislocations

You've fallen over, you landed hard, you heard something pop and you think 'I’ve broken my ankle!' but, have you really?

February 9, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

Stomach Pain You Shouldn’t Ignore

There’s no one answer to tummy pain. You can get a stomach ache from eating too much, laughing too much or doing too many sit ups, but when should you worry about abdominal pain?

February 9, 2018| Health and Wellbeing /

How to Spot Dehydration

We’ve all seen dehydrated fruit, right? The perfect snack! Apricots are typically around 81% water, falling just short of the human body which is about 75% water. When that balance is thrown off, it may be known as dehydration. So what is dehydration and what are the warning signs?

December 19, 2016| Health and Wellbeing /

Cutting the Stress for Kids in Emergency

Having to take your child to the emergency department is undoubtedly a stressful experience. But there are ways to reduce the stress, for all of you.

November 23, 2016| Healthcare News /

Thunderstorm Asthma

Like every Emergency Department in Victoria, Monday night was an unexpectedly busy-to-bursting night with many people attending Epworth Richmond and Epworth Geelong ED and several patients admitted with severe respiratory issues to ICU and respiratory wards.

Managing Director of Epworth Richmond Emergency Department Associate Professor Ron Sultana said Epworth Richmond saw more than 120 patients overnight, with about 45 people presenting with respiratory illness.

September 9, 2016| Our Community /

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.

August 31, 2016| Our Community /

It Was Book Week at School

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.

August 25, 2016| Our Community /

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.