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December 2019

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Paediatrics ward director Dr Kathryn McMahon (left) with her team.

Werribee Mercy puts paediatrics ward on the map

Werribee Mercy Hospital has opened a new paediatrics ward.

It has 12 beds but is able to ‘flex up’ when the need arises.

‘There are 13 paediatricians, 10 junior medical staff and 26 nursing staff who rotate through the ward,’ said newly-appointed ward and special care nursery clinical director Kathryn McMahon.

The ward’s main business is common general paediatric issues such as asthma, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, fever-related illnesses, jaundice and poor weight gain in babies.

‘We are observing a smattering of surgical issues in older children such as appendicitis and torsion of testicles,’ Dr McMahon said.

‘The only elective surgery at present is ear, nose and throat surgery.’

The City of Wyndham, which takes in Werribee, is one of the state’s fastest growing areas and has a larger proportion of families with children than the Victorian average.

Dr McMahon said what she was enjoying most about the ward was seeing children from local families in the Wyndham community having access to excellent paediatric care not far from their homes.

‘Seeing those bright bubbly smiles on the local kids when they are better makes it all worthwhile,’ Dr McMahon said.