Leading researchers at Metro North Hospital and Health Service and QUT have been awarded more than $500,000 from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund to assist with their work into virus reduction from surfaces.
Six-year-old student, Elliot, has won $1000 worth of books for Caboolture Special School, after suggesting the name ‘Lifty Shifty’ for one of the tower cranes to be installed at the Caboolture Hospital Redevelopment construction site.
First jab, done! ✅ Meet Zuby, a hotel quarantine worker and Clinical Nurse Consultant who was vaccinated against COVID-19 at Metro North this morning. As a frontline worker, it is important for him to be protected against the virus. 🏥
"I felt very privileged when I was picked to be vaccinated today, it's a great step in our COVID-19 response for Queensland," he said.
"As well as to protect me from COVID-19, I was eager to get the first vaccine to show everyone it's safe, it's been tested and it will work." ... See MoreSee Less
Metro North has this morning started its #COVID19 vaccine roll-out for those in Phase 1a, giving up to 180 COVID-19 vaccines today. Not in the first group? 💉 Registered Nurse Sherree Gray from Redcliffe Hospital was delighted to be one of the first to receive her vaccine this morning and has showed us how it's done 🤗
"It's very exciting to be one of the first, I feel very lucky," she said.
Genetics in a nutshell? 🧬 We spent 5 minutes with Director of Genetic Health Professor Julie to chat about rare diseases in Australia this #RareDiseaseDay.
"A rare disease is one that affects less than five in 10,000 people, and approximately 80% of rare diseases are of genetic origin," she said.
"Those with rare diseases and their families can struggle to get the support they need without understanding the cause of the condition and can feel lost without a diagnosis. It's important to give them peace of mind.
"Our role in Genetic Health Queensland is to see patients and families, to clinically assess them and undertake genetic testing to provide a diagnosis. This empowers the families, enables them to plan for the future and we hope there will be an increasing number of treatments available to help lessen symptoms and improve quality of life." 🤗 ... See MoreSee Less
As we prepare to deliver Metro North's first COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, we wanted to give a special #ShoutoutSaturday to the pharmacists working hard behind closed doors! Meet Anne-Marie, Jalpesh and Renee, some of the pharmacists who are responsible for ensuring the vials of the vaccine are compounded into individual doses for patients. 💉
"Compounding is the process of taking the vaccine from the vial it comes in and putting it into syringes in the correct dosage needed per person," team leader Anne-Marie said.
"We're looking to compound and administer up to 500 doses a day, six days a week. There's five of us in the team and on Monday, we'll be here three hours before the first vaccine to ensure the doses are properly prepared which is a crucial step in the vaccine process."
The team have been running time trials this week to make sure they're as efficient as possible when the vaccine rollout begins. With our team of pharmacists on the job, we're all in safe hands! 👐🏥 ... See MoreSee Less