Pharmacist advice

Protect yourself from Winter’s Cold and Flu Season

Staying healthy in winter can be one of the season’s biggest challenges, especially during cold and flu months. Friendly Society Pharmacy head pharmacist Jason Vizgoft said prevention was the best way to stay healthy. “The best way you can protect yourself from flu this winter is to get a flu vaccination and practice good health habits such as covering your mouth when you cough to avoid spreading airborne particles and washing your hands regularly,” Jason said. Some other things peopleMore
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Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency treatment begins at The Friendlies

Impaired mood, emotions and physical health, that was often left undiagnosed and untreated in patients with a hormone deficiency, may now be treatable with the help of Bundaberg Specialist Consultant Endocrinologist Dr Thomas Ulahannan. Dr Ulahannan has begun testing and treatment for adults diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. While children diagnosed with the deficiency have been receiving treatment through growth hormone replacement, the same drug has not been readily accessible to adults in Australia until this year. “In adults ifMore

Grant provides new machine to improve recovery time and patient comfort

The Friendlies will be able to offer improved recovery time and comfort to patients with wounds, thanks to the purchase of a VAC Therapy System wound care machine, made possible with a grant from the St John’s Grace Fund. Due to increasing number of surgical patients at The Friendlies, The VAC Therapy System is a welcome addition to the current equipment available for this kind of wound care. It assists by providing an optimal environment for healing and the removalMore

New Emergency Department Celebrates Six Months

After six months in operation, The Friendlies Emergency Department has treated more than 4500 people, with an overwhelmingly positive response to the new service. Since opening, the department saw an average of 24 patients a day. Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper said feedback since opening the service had been extremely positive. “Our patients had been asking for an alternative emergency department to the public system for some years,” he said. “We have been grateful for the wonderful feedbackMore

Bundy businesses thanked for saving thousands of lives

The Bundaberg business community has united to save nearly 12,000 lives in the past year, and have already set a goal to save even more in 2019. Bundaberg Blood Donor Centre Manager Dean Krueger commended Bundaberg’s most generous local business and community groups for joining together to build camaraderie and do something special for those in need. “Nearly 12,000 lives have been saved in the past year thanks to the 3820 donations given by some of our most generous localMore