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Student Murals Brighten Up Patient Stay

High School students have brought smiles to the faces of patients at the Friendly Society Private Hospital by painting bright murals with local motifs – taking some plain brick walls outside patients’ windows from drab to fab. While almost all rooms at The Friendlies feature large windows, a collection of rooms on Level 1 look over a courtyard – and face large brick walls. Senior Manager of Business Development Stuart Bonnett said in response to patients’ requests for something toMore

Dispose of unwanted and expired medications at pharmacy

How much do you know about the medicines you are taking, and what do you do when you no longer need them or they expire? These are the questions Friendly Society Pharmacy and Friendly Society Private Hospital are asking people to think about as part of Be Medicinewise Week, held annually from August 19 to 25. Friendly Society Pharmacy head pharmacist Jason Vizgoft said as part of the week, people were being asked to drop their unwanted medicines into theMore
Falls And Balance Class Participants

Creating steady seniors with weekly falls and balance class

Classes aimed to help people stay steady on their feet have been well received by patients. The Friendlies Physiotherapy & Allied Health Falls Prevention & Exercise Program is currently running six classes a week. Head Physiotherapist Matt Churchill said it was great to see so many people get behind the program. “So many health professionals and patients had spoken to us about a need for classes like these,” Matt said. “As people age, the ongoing effects of having a fallMore
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
Dr Ulahannan

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 the Growth Hormone Deficiency, may now be treatable with the help of Bundaberg Specialist Consultant Endocrinologist Dr Thomas Ulahannan. Dr Ulahannan has commenced screening 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 adultsMore