Services are continuing to expand at Bowral and District Hospital with the addition of an early detection lymphoedema service. Lymphoedema refers to swelling in one or more limbs and is most commonly caused by damage or removal of lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment.
A generous contribution from the Murray family, in honour of Dr Robert John Murray, and Thompson Health Care helped bring the service to the region. I would like to thank the Murray family for their support as it has provided care closer to home for our local patients.
Run by the occupational therapy department in collaboration with the surgical team, the two-year pilot programs aim is to focus on awareness, risk reduction, education and early intervention for patients with breast cancer who have had a mastectomy.
Meanwhile, Heart Week which runs from April 28 to May 4 is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle and improving your heart health. Eat well, move more and sit less are great ways to help achieve a healthy heart. Did you know Bowral and District Hospital has a cardiac nurse as part of the Integrated Care Team? This is a dedicated role to educate, monitor symptoms and help patients manage their heart health. She also works with heart specialists, GPs and allied health to get the best outcome for patients.
Expectant mums in the region are being given more choice. Families can now participate in the hospital's satellite midwives clinic in Tahmoor. The idea behind the clinic, which started last month, is to reduce travel time and offer more choice in care.
The pilot project means a midwife runs a clinic one day a week providing women and their families with antenatal care in the clinic and postnatal care in their homes. It is based out of the Wollondilly Community Health Clinic.
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