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The latest news at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Simulation puts surgical excellence at trainees' fingertips

A Gold Coast Health virtual reality program is finessing the laparoscopic skills of tomorrow’s surgeons before they operate on patients, improving safety and saving hundreds theatre time hours in the process.


Emergency care researchers probe pandemic impacts

Gold Coast Health researchers have put the impacts of COVID-19 on emergency care under the microscope after securing almost $120,000 from the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF).


Volunteers welcomed back to Gold Coast Health

Linda Searle decided to take up volunteering at Robina Hospital three years ago after seeing the health service care for her late husband.


Gold Coast residents reminded to access free immunisation clinics

Gold Coast residents are reminded they can access free family-friendly community immunisation clinics to ensure their vaccinations remain up to date.


Diabetes education program is top class

Gold Coast Health’s Diabetes Education Program is exceeding national benchmarks for long-term blood glucose control, giving patients great odds of successfully managing the chronic disease.


COVID-19 testing in tourist centres

Gold Coast Health is setting up coronavirus swabbing stations in tourist spots to make it easier for the community and visitors to the Gold Coast to be tested for COVID-19.


Virtual therapy helps bring end of life goals to reality

In a first for palliative care on the Gold Coast, virtual reality simulations are empowering patients to tick off some of their bucket list items from the comfort of home.


Playtime helps young patients understand confronting changes

When toilet troubles started for Emily Lavender, her mother had no idea about the long road they were about embark down or the new best friend they would meet along the way thanks to a forward-thinking nurse and her crafty mum.


Little Dolores drives confidence in rehabilitation patients

A little green Daihatsu is making a big difference to Robina Hospital rehabilitation patients who need to learn how to get in and out of a car again after injury or illness.

Dolores was refurbished and modified to fit into the hospital’s lifts for transportation to her new home on the rehabilitation therapy gymnasium on level two.

Physiotherapy staff won a $25,000 Gold Coast Health Improvers innovation grant to deliver the project.


Paul's family story a timely cancer screening reminder

“Cancer runs in my family and it took my father’s life.”

Director of Nursing, Surgical, Anaesthetics and Procedural Services and Women, Newborn and Children’s Services at Gold Coast Health, Paul Nieuwenhoven, has plenty of stories to tell from his professional life, but he hopes it is his personal story that will prompt blokes to better look after themselves this Men’s Health Week.

“My father got prostate cancer at about 53,” Paul said.