The hospital is thought to have been named after Lady Rachel Dudley, who established a hospital for Australians in France during the First World War. Several private hospitals existed around Orange a century ago, but Dudley is the only one remaining after other facilities became aged care services or closed. “A lot of people spent time at Dudley and put it where it is today,” Grant said. “These transformations are only possible with good people.” About 160 people attended the celebration, including surgeons, physicians and nurses. The Ramsay Way 2015 | 04 13 DVA Minister visits Greenslopes Private Hospital Staff and patients at Greenslopes Private Hospital were delighted to welcome the new Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon. Stuart Robert MP to the hospital recently. This was the Minister’s first visit to Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane which has a long history of caring for veterans and war widows. The Minister was welcomed by Ramsay Health Care Australia CEO, Mr Danny Sims, and Greenslopes Private Hospital CEO, Mr Tim Daniel and given a tour of the hospital including a visit to the historical Bunker Museum. Following the tour and some short presentations the Minister was able to mingle with members of the broader hospital community including staff, doctors and representatives from key veteran organisations. Hospital CEO, Tim Daniel said that whilst Greenslopes Private is proud to be Australia’s largest private teaching hospital there remains a strong focus on providing first class care for veterans and war widows. Dudley Private Hospital celebrates centenary A 100th anniversary is a milestone few businesses will reach, but Dudley Private Hospital has done just that. The Ramsay Health Care facility celebrated its 100th birthday with a black tie function recently. Dudley Chief Executive Grant Frecklington said the ability to adapt had been the key to the hospital’s success for the past century. “I think over the years Dudley’s had to evolve to whatever healthcare was required,” Grant told the Central Western Daily. “We’ve put in services and subtracted services, and we’ll continue to grow and evolve.” Dudley Private Hospital opened in 1915 in Anson Street before moving to William Street and later Summer Street. It began operating in its current location in March Street in 1979. Dudley Private Hospital celebrates 100 years of caring for patients in Orange HOSPITALS “On any given day of the year we have an average of 200 veteran and war widows with us as patients in Greenslopes Private Hospital,” Mr Daniel said. “Our hospital looks very different to when it opened in 1942, but inside our mission and passion remains the same. Our culture and identify even today is underpinned by the very special and unique relationship we have with our veteran patients and the veteran community as a whole.” The Minister enjoyed meeting staff and patients, including a Vietnam Veteran who was undergoing chemotherapy in the Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre. Greenslopes Hospital first opened in 1942 as 112th Australian General Hospital Unit (112 AGH) Greenslopes to care for returning soldiers from WWII. In 1947, the Commonwealth Repatriation Commission took over the hospital and continued providing ongoing care for veterans & war widows until the mid-1990s when the government made the decision to sell the hospital. Ramsay Health Care was the successful tenderer and acquired the hospital on 6 January 1995, which was then renamed Greenslopes Private Hospital.The history of the hospital is captured in the historical Bunker Museum located on the lower lobby level of the Hospital. DVA Minister Stuart Robert talks with Ramsay Australia CEO Danny Sims and Barry Collins from the Naval Association. Southern Highlands Private: hair for good! A new scalp cooling system now available at Southern Highlands Private Hospital is allowing patients undergoing cancer treatment to preserve their hair. The Cancer Centre at Southern Highlands Private Hospital received a special donation from an anonymous local resident. Fairly new to the Australian Market, the Dignicap is helping patients to keep their hair during chemotherapy treatments. The Dignicap is an effective scalp cooling system developed to provide a continuous cooling to the scalp safely and comfortably for patients. The cooling to the scalp protects the hair cells and can be offered to most patients with varying results. Hair loss is a well-documented side effect of many chemotherapy drugs but the Dignicap system means hair loss is no longer inevitable. The Nursing Unit Manager of the Oncology ward, Jo Pearson is very happy to be able to ofer this new hair saving treatment to her patients. “The main benefit to our patients is the ability to go under the radar and not be identified in the community as a ‘cancer patient’ but as just themselves. The Dignicap is empowering and allows our patients to maintain self-esteem and sense of privacy.” “We’re very lucky to have this piece of equipment donated to our hospital by an anonymous member of our local community and we’re extremely thankful.” Southern Highlands Private Hospital is one of only six hospitals in NSW that offer this service.
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