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Emergency Team

New Emergency Department to open

A new Bundaberg Emergency department will open at the Friendly Society Private Hospital in September. The Friendlies CEO Alan Cooper said the decision to open this exciting new service came from patient feedback. “For more than 14 years The Friendlies has operated the After Hours as a service to the community. However in the past few years we have been hearing increasing requests from our patients to open a more comprehensive service,” Mr Cooper said. To make way for theMore
Community Angels Donation

Kitchen items give Angels a helping hand

A recent upgrade in kitchen equipment at The Friendlies has turned into a much-needed donation for a local charity helping struggling families in the Bundaberg Community. This week Sue Tasker from Angels Community Group gratefully accepted an electric oven, soup terrain as well as some reusable food containers and cups from Friendly Society Private Hospital Hospitality Manager Yari Ottoboni. “We no longer needed these items, but they are still in working order, so it is good to be able toMore
History St Vincents Hospital Crofton Street

Call to uncover history of The Friendlies

Bundaberg 1919.  Only a couple of years a city, a settlement of about nine thousand people, and its medical facilities stretched by the needs of men returning from the Great War with both physical and psychological injuries. That was the context for the creation of one of Bundaberg’s health icons, the Friendly Society Private Hospital and Friendly Society Pharmacy.  It was in October 1919 that a group of like-minded men, mostly representing the then flourishing lodges, met to try toMore
nurse on unit

Casual Nurses needed to boost workforce

As The Friendlies services continue to grow, we need to continue to meet our patients needs and support our nursing staff in their caring roles.  To assist with this, The Friendlies is immediately looking to create a casual pool of staff. The Friendlies Casual Pool will consist of Registered Nurses Enrolled Nurses AIN / PSAs Orderlies This casual pool of staff will be called upon to help in periods of high activity, periods of high acuity and to cover sickMore
Ann Gahan

Celebrations for nurse Ann as she retires

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