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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
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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
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
Ocrevus patient

Vital MS Treatment now available locally

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