NSLHD News February 13

Message FROM the acting Chief executive Dr Tamsin Waterhouse

message FROM the Chief executive Deb Willcox

I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to all of our staff who have been so diligent in our state’s response to the novel coronavirus. Our hospital staff, especially those in our emergency departments, infection control and public health units, are doing an outstanding job. Naturally there has been a lot of concerns and questions from the general public and you have been extremely helpful, knowledgeable and compassionate in how you are responding to this emerging situation. We are still working with NSW Health to ensure the safety and health of our community and will continue to update staff along the way. While the recent downpour of rain was welcomed, it has caused many in our community and our own staff to be without power. I know many of you are personally affected yet are still working during this challenging time. Please speak to your managers if you need assistance while you are without power or experiencing personal hardship as a result of the weather conditions. I would like to commend our community staff, community health staff and disaster recovery teams who are also making contact with vulnerable patients who might be on their own or require help during this time. We also still have our staff on the ground in bushfire affected local health districts, doing what they can to assist our colleagues at Murrimbidgee and Southern NSW local health districts to care for their community. Our nurses, medical officers, social workers and mental health professionals have really immersed themselves in these

rural communities. I have had wonderful feedback from the CEs of both districts who are immensely grateful for the assistance. Our JMO Wellbeing Board Committee recently held its inaugural JMO Wellbeing Forum and I was delighted to attend. The evening was a huge success as we embarked on a number of important discussions about support, communication and building relationships between the executive and JMOs. I would like to thank Committee Chair Dr Linda Xu and deputy chair Dr Nims Hettiarachchi for their contribution as well as Dr Tamsin Waterhouse, Medical Executive Director and her assistant Kristina Boda for ensuring the evening was a success. Lastly, please join me in congratulating Jenny Parkin on her appointment as Acting General Manager of Mona Vale Hospital. Jenny started her new post on Monday in lieu of Jacqui Edgley, who has been seconded to Central Coast Local Health District. Many of you will know Jenny from her previous role as Deputy Director of Operations, NSLHD and we are looking forward to working with Jenny in her new role.

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District


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