Free Sun Smart App

 

UV radiation is dangerous because it’s not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s heat, which we feel, so it can be damaging our skin without us knowing.

Our free SunSmart app takes away the guesswork by telling you when the UV is 3 and above with sun protection recommended for your location.

It uses forecast information from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and live UV data from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to provide sun protection times for more than 600 locations across Australia.

Skin Checks

Even though the weather outside is colder, your skin can still be absorbing the ultraviolet rays. It is necessary to wear sunscreen at all times when you are outdoors, regardless of the time of the year. You will be protecting yourself from sunburn and skin cancer by wearing sunscreen.

Remember to check your skin regularly, ask a friend or partner to help you check those tricky areas like your back and book regular a full skin examination with one of our wonderful doctor’s here at the Ballarat Surgicentre.

Phone 53030190  to book your skin check, and one of our friendly reception staff will be able to assist.

Consumer Feedback Month

May is Consumer Feeback Month at Ballarat Surgicentre incorporating the Ballarat Skin Cancer Centre.

We ask our patients to complete our feedback form as part of their discharge and ask that they return it to us to provide feedback on their experience throughout their visit. We then use this information to improve the processes with particular focus on the safety and comfort aspects of their admission.

We also welcome any feedback from our patients at any time to ensure we are running our day hospital to the highest standards and your visit runs smoothly.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

The Ballarat Surgicentre is pleased to be supporting the Cancer Councils Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser for 2021.

This year we will be working with a lovely team of ladies who will be baking up a storm!!! A fantastic opportunity for the Ballarat Surgicentre to get involved in our local community.

Available for purchase are homemade Sauces, Chutneys, Pickles, Jams, Slices, Biscuits and Cakes for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

If you wish to contribute you can place an order with us at reception. All orders must be in by Monday 3rd May 2021, for delivery of goods on Friday 21st May.

please call us on 5303 0190 or drop in and see us.

100% of the proceeds will be given to The Cancer Council Victoria

 

Melanoma March

Last month we participated in Melanoma March. Together we helped raise $222,684 towards finding the cure for Melanoma. Thank you for joining in on the fundraiser fun! If  you would still like to donate it’s not too late!

Sun Smart

Be Sun Smart, especially during the warmer months

What is Photosensitivity and how does it affect your skin?

Photosensitivity is a heightened skin sensitivity or an unusual reaction when you are exposed to UV radiation. This can be caused by some prescription medication, over-the-counter medications, medical conditions, genetic disorders or even some skin care products.

There are two types of reactions.

A Phototoxic reaction occurs when a medication you are taking, or a skin product you are using, is activated by exposure to UV light and causes damage to the skin that looks and feels like sunburn. It can occur within minutes or after hours of exposure.

A Photoallergic reaction is less common and occurs when UV rays interact with the ingredients in medicines or topically applied products. The immune system recognises changes caused by sun exposure as a foreign threat, resulting in the body producing antibodies and attacks, resulting in a rash, blisters, red bumps or even oozing lesions.

If you have had a Photosensitivity reaction you are at a heightened risk of developing skin cancers. You should always try to minimise your sun exposure and always protect yourself against the suns rays.  

For more information on Photosensitivity please see the link below.

https://www.skincancer.org/risk-factors/photosensitivity/

Welcome 2021

2020 was a challenging year for all and we are grateful we are now in the new year.  We wish everyone a very happy and safe new year and may the year ahead be healthy and happy.

Merry Christmas 2020

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at the Ballarat Surgicentre

Kids with Cancer- Footy Colours Week

The Ballarat Surgicentre are going to be supporting kids with cancer by wearing our footy colours. We will be collecting donations for this worthy cause from Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October if you wish to contribute