NSLHD News December 17 2021

Message from the Chief Executive Deb Willcox

As this year draws to a close I want to express my gratitude to you all – staff and volunteers – who have done such an incredible job as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and also provide high-quality care to our community. None of us ever would have thought we would be part of history, working in healthcare in a one in 100-year pandemic. Every staff member from every corner of our district had a role in our response and while it has been a very difficult time it has also been historic. I wanted to provide staff with something lasting that you may be able to look back on in years to come with a sense of pride and accomplishment. By now, many of you will have received a commemorative pin which is a symbol of thanks and recognition for the contribution you have made during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-21. I was fortunate to personally hand out some of the pins to some staff when I came to visit hospitals and community health centres over the past two weeks. We know we still have a long way to go in this pandemic, and it is not yet clear what this new variant will bring, but regardless in the past 20 months you have displayed the very best of our health system. I hope the pin is a lasting reminder of your important and historical contribution. It has certainly been busy since lockdown ended and we have seen the return of many

of our patients, as well as staff who were redeployed to other parts of the health system, and those who worked from home. Many of you have not had a break or holiday and have shown such dedication to your patients, colleagues and the overall opportunity over the holiday period to have some much needed down time and enjoy some rest and recreation. I want to thank staff who are working through the festive season and caring for our patients at such a significant time when they are away from their families. I hope you get some time to be with your family and friends soon. Thank you again for all of your hard work. Have a safe and happy festive season and I look forward to working with each and every one of you in 2022. health response to this pandemic. I hope that many of you take the

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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