NSLHD News September 26

RYDE HOSPITAL NURSE HONOURED WITH TOP STROKE AWARD Ryde Hospital’s Sandra Lever has been awarded the Stroke Foundation and Stroke Society of Australasia 2019 Stroke Care Champion Award for her extraordinary dedication and commitment to stroke.

Clinical Nurse Consultant Sandra has dedicated her working life to supporting patients to live well after stroke. This includes recognising stroke recovery extends well beyond learning to walk and talk again. Sandra has a particular interest in patient relationships and intimacy after stroke. Ms Lever said it was a great honour to receive the award, which was presented by former Governor- General of Australia and Stroke Foundation Patron General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) at a special event at Federal Parliament House as part of Stroke 2019: New frontiers in Stroke Conference. “I am so fortunate to love the work that I do and being recognised with this award inspires me to continue working towards making a positive difference in stroke rehabilitation care,” Ms Lever said. time in anyone’s life, but a new patient TV station at Royal North Shore is looking to change that. Get Well Sooner is the brain child of consultation liaison psychiatry Clinical Nurse Consultant Suzy Russell, with support from Psychiatrist Dr Caryl Barnes and general medicine CNC Vanya Ripley. It all started when the team won the Innovation Program in June. “I am thrilled and amazed that the TV wellness channel is now a reality,” Suzy said. “I hope that if a patient in the hospital is feeling stressed or anxious they may switch channels and try some of the relaxation strategies that are on the channel.” The station is live on channel 304 of the bedside TVs and aims to keep patients relaxed with a series of mindfulness videos and tips from staff on how to make their stay as smooth as possible. “I know that this would not have been possible without the support of the many people I work with

Sandra Lever with partner David Hind, cllecting her 2019 Stroke Foundation and Stroke Society of Australasia Stroke Care Award

who are also passionate and enthusiastic about improving the lives of stroke survivors.”

In being nominated for the award, Ms Lever was described as someone who is a strong advocate for stroke survivors and dedicated to driving improvements in stroke rehabilitation at a local, state and national level. A clinician, researcher and teacher, Ms Lever is known for her passion and enthusiasm to empower others to deliver best practice, evidence-based care.

Wellness TV CHANnEL GOES LIVE AT RNSH Being admitted to hospital can be a stressful

Suzy Russell, Dr Carol Barnes and Vanya Ripley at the launch of Royal North Shore Hospital Wellness Channel.

The channel is also subject to a three month feasibility study on Ward 9A where it will be evaluated by the patients so the project team can improve and lengthen the content in the future.


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