STAFFING for the recently opened Ripley Satellite Hospital brought together health professionals from throughout the region.
Clinical Nurse David had been working at RAAF Base Amberley for more than two years when the opportunity arose to join the new hospital.
“I had been out of emergency medicine for a little while working with defence and the role came up and I was excited to be part of the new concept,” he said.
The Ripley Hospital opened its doors last month as part of the Queensland Government’s plan to deliver seven new facilities in Southeast Queensland that enhance public healthcare delivery in rapidly growing areas.
David said the hospital has been well received by the community so far.
“Presentations on the first day started fairly low but ramped up. Within a few days we were up over the 50 odd and that’s a number we can handle pretty well,” he said.
“People have responded and they’re very surprised at how quickly they get in and out.”
When asked what he enjoys most about his new role, David said it was making a difference.
“You know, it’s a bit cliché, but helping people.
“We have the skills and the knowledge to be able to help people when they’re at their most vulnerable.
“When they come in, they’re scared and they’re certainly unwell, so you’re responsible for taking that anxiety away and making them feel better.
Welcome to babies
Nineteen babies were welcomed to the community at a special West Moreton Health ceremony with Elders, family and friends.
The Welcome Baby to Community, organised by the Jaghu Maternal and Infant Program, gave families a chance to yarn with Elders, create connections and learn more about the services offered by West Moreton Health.
It was the first time in three years the ceremony was able to be held.