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Media Releases - 2020

Nurse’s 50-year milestone of care and compassion (PDF)
One of Campbelltown Hospital’s most inspirational nursing leaders is celebrating her 50th year in the profession she loves.

Special bags stitched with love and kindness (PDF)
Long-serving Macarthur community palliative care volunteer Mary Carey has turned her passion for needlework into practical support for hundreds of patients across south western Sydney.

New era in care as modern hospital building opens (PDF)
The new $68.7 million clinical services building at Bowral & District Hospital welcomed its first patients today in an historic milestone for the Southern Highlands.

Cutting-edge technology helps COVID-19 patients (PDF)
COVID-19 patients in south western Sydney are having their symptoms monitored 24 hours a day with an armband in a first-of-its kind study.

Cancer centre at Campbelltown rated strongly again (PDF)
From her first visit to the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown Hospital, Leppington grandmother Mary Lyons felt safe, comforted and supported.

Shopping centre visits help stop the spread of COVID-19 (PDF)
Frontline healthcare staff working in one of Australia’s most muticulturally diverse communities are taking the fight against COVID-19 to local shopping centres, using the power of their own languages to help stop the spread.

Aboriginal antenatal clinic launched in NAIDOC Week (PDF)
An antenatal clinic providing culturally responsive care to pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women will be officially launched as part of South Western Sydney Local Health District’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Sensory packs filled with kindness and goodwill (PDF)
Noah Brough is a big-hearted eight-year-old who wants to help other children like himself who have autism spectrum disorder.

Peace and beauty in new palliative care balcony garden (PDF)
A beautiful balcony garden is bringing peace and tranquility to patients, families and carers at Liverpool Hospital’s palliative care ward. The NSW Government has invested $52,426 to transform the existing outside balcony into a relaxing green space and brighten the 20-bed unit.

South Western Sydney Local Health District is celebrating its nominations at the 2020 NSW Health Awards – a year dominated by extraordinary events including the response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Local team has a 2020 vision to improve eyesight of all four-year-olds (PDF)
Eye checks for children at the age of four years are essential for the early identification and treatment of vision problems and to reduce the likelihood of permanent vision loss.

BreastScreen NSW is encouraging women aged 50 to 74 to make their health a priority and book a free life-saving mammogram this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr Patsy Soon, Clinical Director, BreastScreen NSW, South Western Sydney Local Health District, said: “This Breast Cancer Awareness Month we want women in south western Sydney to make booking a breast screen a priority.

Speech pathologists help to communicate with confidence (PDF)
A nationally-recognised stuttering unit at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital is highlighting this year’s Speech Pathology Week theme of communicating with confidence. Speech pathologists help more than 1.2 million people throughout Australia who have difficulties with communication and swallowing.

Nurses and midwives from the South Western Sydney Local Health District are among 24 statewide finalists nominated for the 2020 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Face masks an extra precaution against COVID-19 (PDF)
Face masks are a vital added protection against COVID-19 after physical distancing, staying home when sick and washing your hands.

GPs should be first port of call when you’re sick (PDF)
South Western Sydney doctors are urging the community to make their GP their first port of call when they’re sick and save hospital emergency departments for emergencies during the busy winter flu season. Elderslie GP Matthew Gray said this winter it was important for sick patients to consider their medical care options and their regular GP was the best place to start.

Parents and young people urged to know the symptoms of meningococcal (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is urging parents and young people to know the symptoms and act fast if they suspect meningococcal disease to help prevent premature death or life-long disability.

Going dry to raise money for cancer patients (PDF)
A fresh haircut for the boss and an impressive total of $17,300 (and counting) are the results of this year’s Dry July at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.

Hospital redevelopment empowering Aboriginal youth (PDF)
Five Aboriginal high school students are taking the first steps in their future careers as part of the team building the $632 million stage two Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment.

Community urged 'don't neglect your health' (PDF)
Local doctors have joined forces to urge the community not to neglect their health during the COVID-19 pandemic. General practices across south western Sydney have noted a reduction in patients visiting their surgeries and are concerned about the long-term consequences of delaying routine healthcare, especially for patients with chronic health problems.

GPs should be first port of call when you're sick (PDF)
South western Sydney doctors are urging the community to make their GP their first port of call when they’re sick and save hospital emergency departments for emergencies, as we head into the busy winter flu season.

COVID-19 pop-up testing opening in Bankstown (PDF)
Residents have testing available close to home with the opening of a drive through COVID-19 clinic at Bankstown Central Shopping Centre.

BreastScreen van coming to Wollondilly Shire (PDF)
The mobile screening van will visit Picton from 1 - 19 June, at Davidson Lane car park, off Menangle St, near St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Exercise right and improve your mental health (PDF)
Stepping outside for some fresh air and exercise is bringing physical and mental health benefits to south western Sydney residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing clinics at Fairfield and Bankstown (PDF)
Fairfield Showground and Dunc Gray Velodrome will be the locations for South Western Sydney Local Health District’s drive-through COVID-19 testing from 26 May to 6 June.

Drive through clinic at Campbelltown Sports Stadium (PDF)
The Macarthur region’s first drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic will open at Campbelltown Sports Stadium car park from Tuesday 19 May to Saturday 23 May. The new clinic is in addition to the permanent location at Campbelltown Hospital for COVID-19, which is open from 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 3pm on weekends and public holidays.

Health services around NSW are coming together to honour the work of our nurses and midwives. With International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May, this is the perfect time to celebrate.

Take precautions to avoid mosquito bites (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is urging people to take extra precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases, particularly in areas around the Georges River.

Nurse begins her career in the hospital of her birth (PDF)
Rim Elasmar’s language skills have been coming in handy at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital since she was a child translating for her mother. Now she is putting those skills to use as a nursing graduate in the hospital’s Post-Operative Care Unit.

Transforming the hospital experience with a friendly robot (PDF)
Patients and visitors at Fairfield Hospital have been surprised and delighted to receive a warm welcome from a friendly robot.

Nursing and midwifery graduates begin their careers (PDF)
More than 300 new nurses and midwives will join South Western Sydney Local Health District hospitals this year as part of their annual new graduate intake. District Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Performance Sonia Marshall said the new graduates will work in all clinical areas.

Wear red and help women beat heart disease (PDF)
A splash of red is making more than a fashion statement this month – it’s aimed at saving lives. Health Promotion staff at South Western Sydney Local Health District donned red clothing items for Wear Red Day to highlight heart disease risk factors – especially for women.

Solid start to new emergency department (PDF)
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital has reached an exciting milestone with the recent completion of the concrete slab for the $25 million emergency department (ED) redevelopment.

Women in Green Valley have better access to free potentially lifesaving breast screening. The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be at Valley Plaza from 24 February until 15 May, providing free mammograms to eligible women. A mammogram can pick-up cancers that cannot be seen or felt. In NSW one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. For women over 50 years, a mammogram is the most effective method of finding breast cancer early.

Intern’s proud links to Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital (PDF)
Twenty years after her parents completed their medical internships at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, junior doctor Maria Joseph is following in their footsteps. Dr Joseph, a University of NSW graduate and 2019 University Medallist in Medicine, said she was proud to begin her career at the hospital where her parents completed their training and two of her siblings were born.

Works start on $740 million precinct (PDF)
The Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital has approached an historic milestone, with early works now underway. Early works are construction activities such as demolition, road works and upgrades to services like gas, electricity and stormwater to help prepare the site for construction.

Save the date to vaccinate (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is urging parents and carers to ensure children are vaccinated on time. While the region had a high uptake of vaccination, with 94.5 per cent of children fully vaccinated by five years of age, the rate was slightly lower at 93 per cent for children aged one year.

Friends of India donates $6000 to Mental Health Unit (PDF)
A new program aimed at improving the physical health of Liverpool Hospital Mental Health consumers has received a boost thanks to Friends of India, Australia.

Camden Hospital improves palliative care experience (PDF)
Patients, families and carers will soon benefit from refurbishments to the palliative care unit at Camden Hospital.

Junior doctors start their careers in the south west (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is welcoming the next generation of front-line medical staff with more than 100 interns starting their careers across its hospitals.

New Aboriginal health centre to deliver care in Bankstown (PDF)
A new community health centre in Bankstown will enhance South Western Sydney Local Health District’s holistic care services for Aboriginal people in the region.

Cranes building health care of the future (PDF)
Campbelltown’s skyline is reaching new heights with the arrival of two giant cranes towering over the $632 million stage two Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment. The electronic hammerhead tower cranes – one 76m high and the other 60m - will have an integral role in the construction of the hospital’s new multi-storey clinical services building.

Aboriginal artwork for new emergency department (PDF)
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital is seeking expressions of interest for Aboriginal artwork to be displayed in its new $25 million emergency department (ED). Hospital General Manager Peter Rophail said the artwork would be placed in the new ED’s waiting room.

Be alert for measles symptoms (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is urging people to watch for measles symptoms after a man arrived from overseas with the disease and visited the area.

Healthy lunchboxes help children thrive at school (PDF)
Start the school year off on a healthy note with a well-balanced lunch box, including a variety of nutritious foods to give youngsters the energy they need to learn and play.

Make a healthy start to the year with Go4Fun (PDF)
Children and their families have the chance to develop healthy habits, boost their fitness and most of all have fun at a free after-school program starting in February across the South Western Sydney Local Health District.

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