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6G, Flinders Medical Centre
“I bring to your notice the excellent
treatment afforded to my friend Mr
Peter Black, 80 years of Prospect.
“Dr Lavinia (unknown surname) of Ward
6G at FMC contacted me this afternoon
seeking a contact number for Peter. Lavinia
had seen Peter at the Repat Hospital. As
part of the visit she requested Peter have a
blood test, which he did today. It was the
results of that test Lavinia was following up.
I was able to provide his mobile detail and
Lavinia offered to ring me back if she had
any difficulty in making contact.
“Lavinia did re-contact me and expressed
her concern that Peter should attend
at FMC as soon as possible. Lavinia
provided a contact number for me to
update her. I attended at Peter’s home
and convinced him to attend FMC. En
route Lavinia contacted me and was
pleased Peter had taken her advice. She
advised she had briefed the Emergency
Department he may attend for treatment.
“On arrival at Emergency we spoke to the
Triage Nurse and Booking Clerk and both
we very efficient and friendly.
“While we often hear the negative stories of
people who visit public hospitals we never
get to hear of the positive interactions. I
acknowledge the terrific service of Dr
Lavinia and the care of the Emergency
Ward 4SMG, Flinders Medical
“To the amazing nurses and staff of Ward
4SMG – your professionalism and service
was brilliant but most of all, your tender
loving care was more than what your job
“A special thanks to Trish who gave me
some extra gentle care when I needed it.”
“I would like to commend your Clinical
Nurse Maureen Nykiel on the exceptional
service and care that both my 5-year-
old son Cooper and I received in the
Emergency Department in the early hours
of the 10th and 11th of February.
“Cooper has not ever needed
to come to hospital before and
Maureen and Dr Troman’s both
made it a positive experience for him
while treating him for asthma.
“I’m very thankful for the thoughtfulness
of Maureen bringing a bed in for me
to lay beside Cooper, in what was
a very long night for both of us.
“Maureen also showed a level of
professionalism and empathy that has her
stand out in my opinion to her peers and I
wanted to let you know what a credit she
is to your team of hard working staff."
Repatriation General Hospital
“Thanks to all the staff involved in
my colonoscopy today. I appreciated
their care and caring natures. I also
liked being informed about what
was going on and what would be
happening during the whole process.”
Enhancing care for
older persons’ mental
Concept plans for the 30-bed Older
Persons Mental Health Service being
developed at Flinders Medical Centre
(FMC) have been finalised.
Clinical Head of Ward 18 at Repatriation General
Hospital (RGH) Dr Raluca Tudor said the new
design is an enhanced version of Ward 18.
“The new design is very popular with consumers
and staff who have worked closely with the
architect to design the facility,” Dr Tudor said.
“Consumer and carers provided valuable input
for bedroom and bathroom design, garden and
outdoor areas and the general layout of the facility.
“The new facility will have more clinical space and
new outdoor areas including a healing and sensory
garden which will provide opportunities for clinical
care to be provided in different therapeutic spaces.
“The improved design provides enhanced
observation areas for staff and areas for consumers
which promote independence. A therapy room
has also been added to enable one to one therapy
and other support to be provided to consumers in
“There has also been a focus on improving the
safety for older people in the new design by
incorporating modern lighting in specific areas to
reduce the risk of falls.”
The Older Persons Mental Health Service will
transition from Repatriation General Hospital
(RGH) to FMC in late 2017. The concept plans
and concept images can be viewed at www.
The service is being developed as part of the State
Government’s Transforming Health plans for FMC,
which includes a new 55-bed rehabilitation facility,
15-bed palliative care service with roof top garden
and a 1,240 space multi-storey car park.
SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS / MAY 2016 / 19
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