Southern Peninsula News 14 July 2020

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October 2020 Local Government Elections


Long stay ends with Stephen Taylor

Candidate Information and Mandatory Candidate Training Sessions Sat 8 August, 1 – 3.30pm 2 Queen Street, Mornington Mon 10 August, 6 – 8.30pm 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud

Want to know more about Councils? Thinking of running as a candidate in the 2020 Council Elections?

The workshop will cover: • Mandatory Candidate Training, plus

Come along to an interactive workshop presented by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

Registrations essential.

For more information, call or visit the Shire’s webpage: 5950 1137

Module One: Basics of Local Government

• Module two: Election Candidacy The VLGA provides relevant, accessible and comprehensive training on the business of local government and the journey from community member to candidate and (potentially) Councillor.

IT’S not an accomplishment he aspired to, but Rosebud man Glen Grumont’s long road to recovery from illness has set a record. He was released from Rosebud Hospital last week after a combined seven months’ treatment and rehabilitation. Mr Grumont looks back at those lengthy stints first at Frankston and then Rosebud hospitals with a sense of satisfaction and a high regard for the medical professionals who brought him back to health. Along the way he proved to everyone that is a fighter and worthy of a little respect himself. The journey began when Mr Grumont walked into his GP’s office in December showing signs of jaundice. “As soon as I walked through the door he said: ‘You’re going to Frankston Hospital’.” After his admission on 24 January, the 81-year-old spent 47 days in the intensive care unit and more than 100 days with the health service. Mr Grumont had a brief stint with Peninsula Health in December, and treatment for a Whipples procedure for suspected cholangiocarcinoma, otherwise known as bile duct cancer. Specialists then detected deeper issues, including a gastroduodenal perforation, intra-abdominal haemorrhage, atrial flutter and critical illness myopathy. More surgery followed and a long ICU admission. Doctors also discovered a “leak” in an area joining the stomach to a part of the small intestine, called the jejunum. Despite undergoing surgery to have the head of his pancreas, gall bladder, and bile duct removed, Mr Grumont was not yet out of the woods. The leak caused pancreatic and biliary fluid

Honourable discharge: Long-term patient Glen Grumont receives a guard-of-honour farewell from Rosebud Hospital. Picture: Yanni

to seep out through his drain tubes, leading to multiple infections. As a result, he went on a long course of antibiotic treatment. “He’s a really complex case,” clinical dietician Zhoe Warrington said. “We put what we call a feeding jejunostomy tube into his small intestine below where the leak was and we were feeding him through that for three months. “He was unable to eat, so this was a way we could keep meeting his nutritional needs. “The nursing staff were re-infusing pancreatic fluid from his drain tube every two hours to ensure absorption – the nurses were exceptional.”

Give up your bed for youth in need Saturday 1 August 2020 Online event: 6 – 10pm Tonight more than 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness including approximately 220 young people from across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region. To help raise awareness about this issue, the Shire and Fusion Mornington Peninsula encourages the community to give up our beds, sleep in our cars, pitch a tent in our yards or sleep on our couches.

For more information and to register, visit: PAGE 6

Southern Peninsula News

15 July 2020

This year registration allows you full access to Fusion’s online event, including interactive experiences, live panels presenting local youth services, tours of Fusion’s accommodation facility, guest speakers as well as live performing artists. Together we will help provide accommodation, support, opportunity and hope for young people experiencing homelessness in our community.

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