RAMSAYPEOPLE L-R: Clinical Nurse Manager Trevor Dempsey, Oral Surgeon Dr Edward Street & anaesthetist Dr Stephen McCready. 10 The Ramsay Way - 2015 | 01 ICU doctor on hand to help IT WAS ONLY “SHEER CHANCE” THAT DR TIM STANLEY, INTENSIVE CARE SPECIALIST AT LAKE MACQUARIE PRIVATE HOSPITAL, WAS AT THE SCG ON THE DAY THAT PHIL HUGHES WAS TRAGICALLY STRUCK BY A BALL WHILE BATTING FOR NSW IN DECEMBER. A colleague asked Dr Tim Stanley if he could swap shifts, so, with an unexpected day off he headed to the NSW-South Australia Sheffield Shield match with two of his children. He couldn’t have imagined the drama that would unfold. From putting his feet up, watching Phillip Hughes try to bat his way into the Test team, to being out on the ground, trying to save the batsman’s life. “I saw Phil get hit and he looked like he’d taken a heavy blow,’’ said Dr Stanley, who works at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital and the Calvary Mater Newcastle. “I, like everybody else, assumed he would rub it off, be a bit stunned and be OK, but then unfortunately he collapsed forward.” He recognised Hughes was unconscious in the moment he fell and knew it was serious when umpires and players signaled for help. Without thinking he made his way to the front of the Members Stand to ask if there was a doctor on hand. He saw Hughes loaded onto the medicab and went to wait out the front of the SCG where he thought he’d be put into an ambulance. When no one arrived, he went back to the grounds and saw Dr (John) Orchard giving Hughes mouth-to-mouth “Clearly that meant he was much more seriously injured than what I imagined,” Dr Stanley said. “My first priority then was to establish that he had a pulse – and he did. “I then asked one of the players if they could keep their hand on his pulse and let me know if it disappeared.” Dr Stanley called for a medical bag to be brought out to the field. “There was specialised airway equipment in the bag which was able to provide breathing and ventilation to Phil,” he said. “It meant Dr Orchard could stop doing mouth to mouth. “Medical teams and resuscitation work a little bit like cricket teams. “Everyone has a role to play and it works because you’ve got a group of people doing the work, not necessarily one person on their own.” Dr Orchard, the NSW cricket team’s doctor, singled Dr Stanley out as being “unbelievably helpful” in the moments before the ambulance arrived. Dr Stanley said he wanted to extend his deepest sympathies to the Hughes family. “I did speak very briefly to his mother at the grounds,” he said. “She didn’t know me and I didn’t know her. “I couldn’t give her any real information apart from to reassure her that he was stable on his way to hospital, which is where he needed to be. “Obviously they’re distraught and I offer my deepest sympathies and condolences to them and his teammates. “As we later found out he’s had a very rare and freakish injury which was catastrophic.” Dr Stanley, who also specialises in emergency medicine, said his actions were what anyone in his profession would have done. “Most of the general public like me don’t know Phil as a person,” the father-of-four said. “But we recognise him as a young man who’s a prodigiously talented sportsman and it’s very difficult for people to make sense of what’s a rare and tragic event that takes someone’s life at that age. “It’s not the first tragic incident that I’ve been involved with, but working in this job doesn’t make you immune to the tragedy or the emotion of what’s really a very sad event.” Albert Road Clinic introduces Graduate Mentorship To harness and support the growing interest in mental health amongst nursing graduates Albert Road Clinic has introduced a Graduate Mentorship Program to coincide with the 2015 Graduate intake at the clinic. The Graduate Mentorship Program offers support and development to both new graduates as well as recent graduates through a peer support group. The peer group, comprised of both new and recent graduates at Albert Road Clinic is facilitated by clinical educator, Jeremy Burke, and meets on a monthly basis to discuss any challenges and provide mentorship to help them develop in their roles. It offers a safe space to debrief in an informal but supportive setting and the opportunity for the recent graduates to share their learnings and experience. Throughout 2014 Albert Road Clinic watched graduates, Alicia Verastegui and Kaylia Byford grow and develop with the support of their teams and are delighted they have both accepted permanent positions at Albert Road Clinic this year. Alicia and Kaylia are joined in the new Graduate Mentorship Program by 2015 graduates Melinda Corona and Meagan Goulding. The end of the Street Nambour Selangor Private Hospital said a sad farewell to popular Oral Surgeon, Dr Edward (Eddie) Street who finished his unbroken famed “Eddie’s Friday list” for the past 36 years with his retirement on Friday 9 January 2015. Dr Street set up practice as an Oral Surgeon in Brisbane in the late 70s after meeting and working with Dr Steve McCready in the United Kingdom in the early 70s. After Steve commenced doing anaesthetics on the Sunshine Coast in early 1978, he made contact with Eddie and suggested he join him at the Selangor Hospital to undertake oral surgery. This was the beginning of a long and productive working relationship, as well as a close friendship and the two doctors worked together continuously from late 1978 until 9 January this year. In his heyday, Eddie would operate on up to 18 patients every second Friday, then return for another 6–8 patients on Saturday morning. Eddie was highly regarded for his courtesy and appreciation of the theatre staff which he demonstrated by personally thanking each of them at the end of his lists. We know this is not the end of the Street for Eddie, but the beginning of a new one, and although we don’t think relaxing is in his vocabulary, wish him a long and fulfilling retirement and thank him for his continued loyalty to Nambour Selangor Private Hospital. L-R: Alicia Verastegui, Melinda Corona, Meagan Goulding & Kaylia Byford. Dr Tim Stanley Phil Hughes in action for his country. Image courtesy www.hdpicss.com Foodies Week at Linacre Food is an essential part of the patient stay in hospital, contributing to health, healing and enjoyment. So to focus on the importance of food for patients, the Linacre Team have recently celebrated “Foodies Week”. The week was a mixture of education and fun activities for the staff to participate in. With more and more patients having food allergies and sensitivities, the dietician ran education sessions for both catering and clinical staff on managing food intolerance. During the week a Dietary & Nutritional Form was launched. The Dietary & Nutritional Form is designed to improve the communication between the catering and clinical staff to ensure patients who have particular food requirements receive food that is appropriate to their medical condition. The team also celebrated the launch of a new patient menu during the Foodies Week. The menu, developed inhouse by Bernie Ofamooni, Catering Manager, is healthier and contains a more options for patients to choose from. “The new menu is healthier for patients and provides them with a wider choice of food and cuisines” From the feedback received so far the changes are proving very popular. The week culminated in a “Master Chef: Guess that Ingredient Competition” and a Street Food Mexican Taco lunch for staff to enjoy. Penelope Marshall, Director of Clinical Services said: “It was a good week and a great way to blend, awareness, education and fun together in the workplace”. Hillcrest Rockhampton: a healthier, happier workplace! For the second consecutive year, Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital has received Silver recognition from the Queensland Government’s Workplaces for Wellness program. This program recognises the efforts made by businesses who provide a healthy, happy and well work environment for staff. Aiming for Gold in 2015, the Hillcrest team have an exciting calendar of wellness events and initiatives planned including a team pedometer challenge, Wellness Expo, Hillcrest Hike challenge plus a wide range of information and support for employees on nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and mental wellness.
The Ramsay Way - Autumn 2015
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