The Health News – 9 June 2016

Overview:
• Premier Colin Barnett has revealed The new $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital will begin treating its first patients in October. The first outpatient clinics are slated to start operating on October 24, with some day surgery beginning from November 7.

• Lisbon hospital that carried out the procedure announced that a woman who had been brain dead for nearly four months has given birth to a healthy baby in Portugal. The baby boy, weighing 2.35 kilos, was born after 32 weeks without complications and by cesarean section.

• Health authorities have expressed fear a wild mushroom that has claimed four lives in recent years in Canberra is about to make an unseasonal appearance. ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said they were hard to distinguish from edible mushrooms and have urged Canberrans to avoid picking and consuming wild mushroom.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the  9th of June 2016. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

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The new $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital will begin treating its first patients in October, Premier Colin Barnett has revealed.

Mr Barnett made the announcement on a tour of the 298-bed hospital, which is still under construction.

The first outpatient clinics are slated to start operating on October 24, with some day surgery beginning from November 7.

The final patient is expected to move from the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children by November 20.

The new hospital was originally due to open in late 2015 but has been delayed several times due to construction problems.

Since then it has been revealed almost half a kilometre of water piping contained within the ceiling of the hospital would need to be ripped upand replaced because of a “manufacturing defect”.

The hospital also confirmed last month that half of the distinctive green panels used on the facade of the hospital would have to be taken down and replaced.

The head of hospital, executive director commissioning Tina Chinery, quit the post in April to take a job in Queensland.

An official opening ceremony is being planned for October 21.

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A woman who had been brain dead for nearly four months has given birth to a healthy baby in Portugal.

“The baby boy, weighing 2.35 kilos, was born after 32 weeks without complications and by cesarean section,” announced the Lisbon hospital that carried out the procedure.

The mother had been declared brain dead on February 20 after suffering a brain haemorrhage, the hospital said.

“The foetus appeared to be in good health,” it added, so “the decision was taken with the family to follow through with the pregnancy”.

The hospital said the successful birth represented Portugal’s longest-ever survival of a foetus whose mother was brain dead.

A similar case in Poland saw a baby boy born to a brain-dead mother in April.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-08/out-of-season-occurance-of-lethal-wild-mushroom-expected/7488978

Health authorities have expressed fear a wild mushroom that has claimed four lives in recent years in Canberra is about to make an unseasonal appearance.

Heavy rain and warm temperatures are likely to encourage the growth of death cap mushrooms, which typically appear in late summer and autumn.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said they were hard to distinguish from edible mushrooms and have urged Canberrans to avoid picking and consuming wild mushroom.

“It can be extremely difficult, even for the most experienced collectors, to distinguish a small death cap mushroom from an edible mushroom. For this reason, all mushrooms should be purchased from a reputable supplier,” he said.

The ACT Health Department warned the consumption of a single mushroom could be fatal.

In Canberra, death cap mushrooms grow mainly near established oak trees in the wet, warm weather typically observed in late summer and autumn.

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