NSLHD News April 14 2023

RNSH transitions to paper bags In an effort to help reduce plastic waste, Royal North Shore Hospital has transitioned to using paper bags for patients’ belongings, replacing the former pink plastic versions. The bags were implemented across the hospital with the help of the clinical products team and are provided to patients to place their belongings in when visiting or staying at the hospital. RNSH Director of Corporate Services Amanda Harriss said the transition will reduce plastic usage considerably across the hospital. “In the past we were using 55,000 pink plastic bags per year for patients’ belongings,” she said.

“The new paper bags are just as sturdy and will help reduce our plastic usage considerably, which is something we are proud of.” This transition comes as NSLHD has been actively working on its sustainability efforts, committing to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2035, with most of the reduction – 70 to 80 per cent – to be achieved by 2030. Time for a flu jab The 2023 influenza vaccine is now available for all healthcare workers across Northern Sydney Local Health District. NSLHD Board Chair Trevor Danos visited nurse unit manager Gigi Kwok at the Royal

Staff from RNSH with the new paper patient bags

find out more about the district’s influenza vaccination program, please visit the Intranet page here: http://nsccrnsww08/WSForms/ FluVax

North Shore Hospital staff health clinic last week to receive his vaccine. Gigi said the clinic is ready for staff to come and get their jabs. “Come and visit us so you can protect yourself and your patients from influenza,” she said. All Category A healthcare workers are required to have the vaccination by 1 June 2023. Category A are staff in positions that brings them into contact with vulnerable patients. Vaccinations are now available at hospitals and services across NSLHD. To

NSLHD Board Chair Trevor Danos visited nurse unit manager Gigi Kwok at the Royal North Shore Hospital staff health clinic



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