An open letter from Healthe Care Australia - Acute Services CEO, Tim Yeoh:
I just want to take a moment to provide an update and a word of thanks to all the staff involved in the New South Wales COVID-19 response.
Much like their Tasmanian and Victorian colleagues in 2020, our Healthe Care teams in NSW have recently joined the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the Sydney outbreak continues to grow, NSW Health recently put out a call for volunteers to support the Special Health Accommodation (SHA) and Vaccination Hubs in Sydney. Within hours, close to 100 Healthe Care Nurses and Allied Health staff put up their hands, selflessly offering to undergo further training and be rostered onto the NSW COVID-19 teams – some even leaving the safety of their family home to travel from throughout the state and move into hotel accommodation for more than a week at a time (some up to three weeks).
The staff from our Healthe Care sites on the Mid North Coast, Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast, have joined those from Hurstville Private, Wollongong and Shellharbour at orientation and training sessions, before heading out to various mass vaccination hubs throughout Sydney, the SHA, or to support affected Local Health Districts (LHD) as needs arise – thank you all for your selfless offer to volunteer in support of the people of Sydney.
Along with those who have volunteered to be part of the ‘frontline’ response, I also want to acknowledge the continuing flexibility of all our teams, particularly those of you who have offered to work different shifts or cover rosters at very short notice.
Our thoughts also go out to the NSW Health and LHD teams, coordinating the state wide response during this unprecedented time.
Again, thank you all for your contributions, both at our Healthe Care sites and as part of the COVID-19 response. Your professionalism and willingness to support our community are greatly appreciated.
Chief Executive Officer
Healthe Care Australia - Acute Services