NSLHD News May 8

Message FROM the acting Chief executive Dr Tamsin Waterhouse

message FROM the Chief executive Deb Willcox

Every day, nurses and midwives play an integral role in our hospitals and health services, providing exemplary care to our patients and their families. On Tuesday 5 May we celebrated International Midwives Day, acknowledging the importance of midwife-led care in improving maternal and health outcomes for women and babies. Even though our celebrations have had to be different this year with social distancing, the day allows for all of our staff, and the community, to reflect on the value and role midwives have in women’s lives especially during these uncertain times. With more than 4200 babies delivered in our district hospitals each year our midwives have impacted the lives of literally thousands of women and their families. The women will remember that moment as one of the most important and special times in their life. Next week is International Nurses Day and a special day as we celebrate 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. In a year that has so far been dominated by an international health response to the

global coronavirus pandemic it is reminder how crucial the role of nurses are in our health system. Nurses have a long history of responding professionally through times of wars and pandemics and are the backbone of the healthcare system. I look forward to continuing the celebrations with our nurses and midwives. I would like to thank all of our nurses and midwives for the incredible work you do every day and the compassion you show to our patients, your dedication to the profession and the care you give to each other.

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District


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