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Ann Gahan

Celebrations for nurse Ann as she retires after 30 years’ service

With 30-years of service to the Friendly Society Private Hospital, well-loved nurse Ann Gahan was celebrated by The Friendlies and thanked for the contribution she made at her retirement farewell. “When I first started we only had one ward, and since then I’ve seen a surgical ward, a medical ward, an orthopaedic ward, the cath lab, and it just goes on, how much it’s expanded from when I first started,” Ann said. Ann began nursing at 16-years-old and came toMore
Ocrevus patient

Vital MS Treatment now available locally at The Friendlies

The first patient outside of Brisbane to receive access to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) treatment drug Ocrevus, Judy Howard, was treated at the Friendly Society Private Hospital’s Day Oncology Unit. Judy Howard was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS two years ago and was admitted to the unit for the first of a series of infusions which will be used to delay the progression of physical disability and to reduce the frequency of relapse. The drug was added to the PBS inMore
Cold symptoms

Know the difference between a Cold and The Flu

People commonly refer to a cold as “having the Flu” but the symptoms are quite different. If you know and understand the signs and symptoms, it will better help you manage your illness. Vaccination against the seasonal flu can help. Find out more here, or speak to a pharmacist at Friendly Society Pharmacy today. Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.

Doctor works to restore sight to Cambodians

Dr David Merefield, from Coral Coast Anaesthesia, has recently returned from Cambodia, as part of the Cambodia Vision team who travel to the country annually to restore and treat sight and help return hundreds of Cambodians to work. The team consulted with more than 3600 patients, including children and performed 397 cataract, pterygium and other surgeries, provided 503 pairs of prescription glasses, donated more than 1000 pairs of reading glasses and 3500 pairs of sunglasses, as well as donating fiveMore

Hospital curtains recycled thanks to Boomerang Bag project

With Plastic Bags being banned in Queensland in 2018, the Friendly Society Private Hospital is doing its part to be environmentally conscious by recycling some unused fabrics, donating it to the Bundaberg Boomerang Bag project. Boomerang Bags take donations of fabric and recycles it to create shopping bags which are then given to shops for customers to take and keep, to encourage people to stop and think about their decision to use plastic bags when shopping. The Friendlies Environmental ServicesMore