NSLHD News November 21

awards galore for marg It has been a big year for NSLHD’s Professor Marg Fry, claiming multiple awards for her sterling efforts in the field of nursing. At the recent International Emergency Nursing

helpline on emergency department (ED) and hospital avoidance, mortality and morbidity rates and patient satisfaction.” The award comes fresh from claiming the Transforming Patient Experience NSW Health Award last month with colleague and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Meredith Oatley for the oncology telephone helpline. The helpline is available to cancer patients and general practitioners. They can call and ask for advice on symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment. It partnered with workplace giving charity Dignity to ensure those less fortunate can still celebrate the festive season. Each hospital within the district has started its own Christmas with Dignity campaign, including trees at Ryde, Hornsby and Mona Vale where staff and visitors can donate non-perishable food items and new clothing for men, women and children. Royal North Shore Hospital will use its annual staff barbecue to raise funds for Dignity, with staff encouraged to contribute a gold coin donation on December 18. Dignity CEO Suzanne Hopman said the charity was grateful to all the staff who had signed up to workplace giving, as well as those who have made donations under the tree. “It’s touching to see so many

Professor Marg Fry

Conference, Professor Marg Fry was bestowed with the Leadership in Emergency Nursing Award by the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. In addition, Marg was also award by the NSW Emergency Care Institute the Evidence into practice Best Paper for the study “Impact of a telephone

enables shared decision- making and empowers patients. The impact of this innovative research is making a real life difference for people with cancer and delivering greater support for their families.

Christmas with dignity With Christmas just around the corner, NSLHD has

people come together to help others who might be having a tough Christmas, for whatever the reason,” she said. “Christmas can be a busy time for Dignity, with a number of people finding themselves without a place to call home for various reasons like relationship breakdowns or financial pressures. “While the gifts are only something small, it will hopefully give people a reason to smile and spread some Christmas cheer.” Donations of food and new clothing can be made under trees in main reception at Ryde Hospital, level 5 of the Douglas Building at Royal North Shore, at main entrance near switch at Hornby Ku-ring-gai or the main foyer at Mona Vale. For more information on NSLHD’s workplace giving program or to sign up, please visit bit.ly/343VXsk


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