SPECIAL BOND: Lauren Jeffery, Maxine Ballinger and Dr Tatum Bond in the Special Care Nursery at Rockhampton Hospital. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
SPECIAL BOND: Lauren Jeffery, Maxine Ballinger and Dr Tatum Bond in the Special Care Nursery at Rockhampton Hospital. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Premmie babies now Rockhampton nurse’s colleagues

TWO staff members in the Rockhampton Hospital Special Care Nursery team are now working alongside the nurse who cared for them when they were tiny, sick premature babies.

Maxine Ballinger, Clinical Nurse Consultant, remembers Dr Tatum Bond and paediatric pharmacist Lauren Jeffery well.

She even remembers where their cots were positioned in the nursery almost 25 years ago.

The old Special Care Nursery in the Maternity Unit at the time was on the sixth floor, and the team now works in a state-of-the-art modern unit on the second floor, but Maxine remembers the girls' families well.

"The advantage of having a smaller hospital is you get to know the parents really well," she said.

"When I went to Sydney to do my neonatal intensive care training I hated the fact you had different babies to care for every day and you didn't get to know them.

"Here I really get to know the families. Mums are usually at their bub's bedside all the time.

"Seeing a mother every day going through all her turmoils of having a pre-term baby and helping her through you really build up a rapport," Maxine said.

"People say to me, 'how do you remember?' But I say 'How do you forget a friend?'"

Dr Tatum Bond is a second-year doctor and has enjoyed her time at Rockhampton Hospital so much she's staying on for another year. Her first love is Emergency Medicine, but she has enjoyed her paediatric rotation.

Lauren Jeffery has worked at Rockhampton Hospital for three years and enjoys the variety of patients she sees as a paediatric pharmacist.



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