Five years of life-saving service by The Friendlies Cath Lab

Almost 4500 life-saving procedures have been done in the Friendly Society Private Hospital’s Cath Lab, which has celebrated its 5th Birthday. The Cardiac Cath Lab is the only facility of its kind between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville, where cardiologists perform both diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures such as angiograms and placement of stents. Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper said it was amazing to see how far the service had come since opening in 2012. “The number ofMore

New walking group aimed at enhancing foot health

Everyone knows that walking is great for your health, but did you know it’s great for your feet too? As part of Foot Health Month in October, Friendlies Physiotherapy Service Podiatrist Claire Barrand will be leading a new Heart Foundation walking group that will start on Tuesday, October 24. “This walking program is designed to help people with physical activity to meet their minimum target of 30 minutes of daily physical activity,” Claire said. “The other concern is that ifMore
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Dr Chris O’Brien dedicated to making a difference in patients’ lives

When you ask Dr Chris O’Brien what drew him to a career in Orthopaedic Surgery he doesn’t take long to think of an answer. “The first reason has always been the ability to make a difference to a person’s life,” Dr O’Brien said. “I like the notion that I can take something that is broken and fix it. “The other reason is with orthopaedics, as opposed to some other specialities, there are very good outcomes for patients, with a 90%More

First solar panels go down on Bundaberg’s largest solar project

The first solar panels have been laid on the Friendly Society Private Hospital roof, with the hospital on track to switch over to solar electricity by the end of the year, saving the hospital more than $3million in electricity costs over the next 10 years. In addition, the final switch over has been made to solar hot water, creating an immediate yearly saving of $84,000. Friendly Society Private Hospital Business Development Manager Stuart Bonnett said while the solar electricity andMore

$11,000 raised for ongoing cardiac services at The Friendlies

More than $11,000 has been raised for expanding cardiology services at the Friendly Society Private Hospital at the second annual Friendlies Foundation Charity Golf Day. Chairman of the Board Les Hancock thanked the 95 players who came along for their support of The Friendlies Foundation. “We have had tremendous support for the golf day this year, not only from players, but also our sponsors and those who have donated prizes,” Mr Hancock said. “Not only did everyone have a greatMore