State of the art radiology practice now open at Benowa

A state of the art radiology imaging practice is now open at Benowa, offering a comprehensive range of imaging services, including a fully rebateable MRI.

The brand new South Coast Radiology (SCR) practice at 179 Ashmore Road, Benowa officially opened its doors to the public on Monday.

General Manager Warren Berry told myGC patients can expect the highest level of care at the facility.

“Patients attending our Benowa practice can count on having an incredibly talented, compassionate group of individuals dedicated to providing excellent care and equipped with the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology,” he said.

“Benowa will offer a comprehensive range of services including Digital Xray, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, Obstetric Ultrasound, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Interventional procedures.”

Mr Berry told myGC SCR Benowa will offer convenient services such as same day appointments, acceptance of all referrals, easy access, free parking, and bulk billing for all Medicare eligible exams.

The practice will also give Gold Coasters access to a fully Medicare rebateable MRI seven days a week, with early and after hours appointments available.

SCR has been the Gold Coast’s leading diagnostic imaging provider for over 50 years, with 15 practice locations across the Gold and Tweed Coast.

For more information on SCR Benowa, visit: scr.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by South Coast Radiology.

 

WATCH: Christo’s hair transplant journey with Gro

1029 Hot Tomato’s Christo is looking a little different these days…. well, the top of his head is!

Five months ago, the radio announcer decided to do something about his receding hairline, undergoing a hair transplant with Gro.

“The reason why I decided to get the hair surgery is because my father is almost completely bald. His one thing is that if he found a cure for baldness, he would do it instantly because he hates it,” Christo told myGC.

“Gro offered me the opportunity to regrow my hair with pain-free surgery and a 100% guarantee. What they actually do is take hair from the back of my head and they literally stich it in to the top. The entire process took a full day.”

See Christo’s before and after results in the video below:

Five months later, Christo told myGC he is thrilled with results.

“I am very happy with my hair. I have had a lot of comments about it, people say I look a little bit younger – I’ll take that one – and just overall, it’s changed my life,” he said.

“I would say to someone who is in the same boat as me, to go and explore your options. I always said that when the technology was there to fix my hairline that I would do it, and it’s there now.

“Overall the entire process has been phenomenal and I honestly couldn’t be happier with the results.”

For more information on Christo’s hair transplant, visit: https://groclinics.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Gro.

 

 

 

Queensland’s new Chief Health Officer confirmed

Krispin Hajkowicz has been named as the man to take over as Queensland’s next Chief Health Officer.

Dr Hajkowicz is currently the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Director of Infectious Disease.

He will take over as Chief Health Officer on November 1 when Dr Jeanette Young moves into the role of Queensland Governor.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Dr Hajkowicz was well equipped to take on the role.

“He has managed pandemics and has more than a decade being involved in the management of that including the 2009 flu pandemic, Ebola and Zika,” Ms Paklaszczuk said.

“He has worked in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Gympie as well as interstate.

“He is also the Associate Professor at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research and has an extensive record in research and has published more than 27 times in medical journals.”

Dr Young also backed Dr Hajkowicz’s appointment.

“I’m delighted that Dr will be taking on the role of Chief Health Officer,” Dr Young said.

“He is the perfect person to take on the role at this point in the pandemic because he has been our lead and I have been going to him over the last two years for advice.

“He has been the lead in the treatment and management of COVID cases.

“It is no accident that Queensland has only had seven deaths out of our 2048 cases so far.

“Every single one of those deaths are regretted but at least it wasn’t more and that was due to the work that he’s done and lead across our state.”

Dr Hajkowicz said he was excited for the opportunity.

“I’m honoured to be joining this team and I think that the results that Queensland has achieved during the pandemic to date speak for themselves and I’m really honoured to serve the people of Queensland,” he said.

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Gold Coast’s first prostate cancer nurse set to improve cancer outcomes

Gold Coast men with prostate cancer now have access to specialised support, with a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse now based at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The new nurse, Christian Morqueda, will be part of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Specialist Nursing Service, helping to improve outcomes for local men impacted by the disease.

Australia has one of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world, with one in every six Australian men likely to be diagnosed by age 85.

Gold Coast Health Acting Assistant Director of Nursing, Cancer and Specialty Services, Renee Woodfield welcomed Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Christian Morqueda to the role.

“About 500 men on the Gold Coast are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and many of them will need ongoing care and support in the days, months and years after treatment,” Renee said.

“The appointment of Christian will vastly improve the support available to local men and families impacted by the disease, giving men much greater confidence that they can navigate the challenges of prostate cancer with all the support they need.

“We’re proud to partner with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to deliver this life-changing service.”

The role has been made possible thanks to vital funds raised at the 2019 ‘Wagners It’s A Bloke Thing’ annual Gold Coast charity luncheon, where a phenomenal $400,000 was raised.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn AO, said generosity from the community has ensured that hundreds of local men will benefit from more specialised support.

“Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Australian men, with about 16,700 men newly diagnosed each year. Sadly, each year in Australia about 3,100 men will die from the disease,” he said.

“About one in five men with prostate cancer experience long-term anxiety and depression and many will struggle to cope with the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. Specialist nurses play a critical role in providing guidance, care and support.

“From the point of diagnosis, the nurse will offer expert education and information about treatment plans, referrals to services, and provide an ongoing point of contact and support for men and families.

“Good support and connection to information and services is incredibly important after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.”

The next It’s A Bloke Thing luncheon will be held on the Gold Coast on Friday, May 14 at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

It’s A Bloke Thing spokesperson Marcus Barnard said they’re proud to play a role in improving health care for men on the Gold Coast.

“It’s A Bloke Thing is all about raising vital funds and awareness in support of prostate cancer research, care and education. This ensures that men diagnosed have access to improved support,” Marcus said.

“As a result of our luncheons, we’ve been able to help fund Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses in Toowoomba, Darwin and now the Gold Coast. We can’t thank the community enough for their ongoing support – together, we’re making a tangible difference to men impacted by cancer.”

For more information about prostate cancer, and the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse program, visit pcfa.org.au.

WATCH: New dry eye treatment now available on the Gold Coast

A new non-invasive treatment for dry eyes is now available on the Gold Coast, giving sufferers relief without constantly using eye drops.

Eyecare Plus at Mermaid Beach is the first optometrist on the Gold Coast to offer Rexon-Eye, which is clinically proven to effectively treat Dry Eye Disease.

Optometrist Jackson Yip said the treatment was a game-changer, and involves a patient wearing a special mask with electrodes for 20 minutes, once-a-week for four weeks.

“It works by stimulating the oil glands that are along the edge of the eyelid, while also stimulating the lacrimal gland that produces the moisture for the eye,” he told myGC.

See how the Rexon-Eye treatment works in the video below:

Optometrist Dr Yip said there is no downtime for patients, and the treatment is effective for up to 18 months.

“The benefits of this treatment is that is can provide long lasting relief for patients who have been suffering for many years who have used drops day-in, day-out and honestly can’t find a solution,” he said.

“There’s a few treatments that have come and gone, but this is really the one to stay and it is doing wonders for patients right now.”

For more information on the Rexon-Eye treatment or to book an appointment, visit: eyecareplusmermaidbeach.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Eyecare Plus Mermaid Beach.