Your health and the health of your family are the most important things in the world. But there's a lot of misinformation out there, and getting healthcare support you can really trust isn’t always easy. That’s why St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital created CARE to SHARE Ⓡ - a video series aimed at providing simple information, inspiration and support from our passionate team of healthcare professionals.
Receive the latest Care to Share videos as they are released. It’s real doctors and real clinicians, sharing real tips to help you get more out of life. Because your health matters.
Weight related issues are among the most common health concerns in modern society, but even a small amount of weight loss can cut the chances of developing long term health problems.
Find out more about how bariatric surgery can help patients lose weight from Dr Phil Lockie, Bariatric Surgeon. He discusses why and when patients should consider surgery for weight loss, the recovery process and life after the operation.
This common condition occurs when your breathing is interrupted, causing you to wake up throughout the night. It only occurs when you’re asleep, but the effects can be detrimental to your overall health and wellbeing.
Fortunately, this is a very treatable condition. Different options are available, including CPAP machines.
Dr Alex Ritchie, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine specialist, discusses the effects of the condition, different treatment options and the benefits of seeking out help with sleep apnoea.
Deep Brain Stimulation, also called DBS, is a well proven treatment option that helps relieve the tremors, slowness and stiffness associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
Tiny electrodes are placed in precise areas of the brain, and a neurostimulator to sends electrical impulses to stimulate those areas. Not only does this procedure offer relief from symptoms, but it also allows patients to reduce their reliance on medication.
Professor Peter Silburn AM, Neurologist and world expert on treating Parkinson’s Disease, provides insight into the procedure, the benefits of DBS, and who makes a good candidate for DBS.
Know your lumps and bumps
— be breast aware
Breasts are unique and knowing the usual look and feel of your breasts is the key to being breast aware and early detection of cancer.
They will change over time; lumps and bumps may appear, but regular self-checks will help you understand what’s normal and when you should see your GP.
Specialist Breast Care Nurse Natasha Keir discusses how often you should check your breasts and what to look out for.
Heart health and treatment options for older patients
Symptoms such as breathlessness in older patients can be a sign of more serious heart issues.
TAVI –Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant – may be a suitable treatment option, offering a less invasive procedure and quicker recovery time in most cases.
TAVI Co-ordinator Wendy Keegan explains the TAVI procedure and how it can help patients improve their quality of life.
Is endometriosis causing your pelvic pain??
Pelvic pain during your menstrual cycle can be a sign of endometriosis – a small group of cells in the pelvis that causes symptoms such as pain and even infertility.
Early diagnosis is key in effective treatment and ensuring you don’t suffer further complications
Gynaecologist Dr Philip Hall discusses the signs to look out for, how to get diagnosed and the positive outcomes of treatment for many patients.
Are you at risk of a sports injury?
Sport is great for fitness and can be a lot of fun. It can also take its toll on the body. Particularly knees and shoulders.
Soft tissue problems, cartilage tears and ligament damage are all common injuries that can be caused by a wide range of sports.
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Dale Rimmington discusses the most common sports injuries, surgical and non-surgical treatments and the importance of injury prevention.
Are all heart beat irregularities dangerous?
Arrhythmia is an irregular heart rhythm, which in conjunction with structural, functional or genetic changes, can be a sign of something more serious.
Some people may experience symptoms such as chest sensations or pressure, whereas others mightn’t notice that their heart is skipping a beat.
Learn more about arrhythmia and what you should watch out for from Cardiologist Dr Kieran Dauber.
What happens when you go to Emergency?
Emergency treats all patients and is open 365 days of the year. Whether you arrive by ambulance or walk in, you will receive the same standard of care.
Beyond triage and treatment, staff aim to reassure patients and make them feel comfortable every step of the way.
It can be intimidating to go to Emergency, but Patricia Woods, Clinical Nurse Manager in the Emergency Centre, explains the steps involved and why you shouldn’t be afraid to call an ambulance.
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