NSLHD News August 27

adhere to maximum numbers in lifts, or being sure to practise hand hygiene upon arriving at work that act as a big reminder of the current situation we find ourselves. While celebrations and gatherings have been more restrained this year, I am delighted to announce the return of the Exceptional People Awards for 2020. Nominations are now open for the annual awards, with a physically distanced ceremony planned for Friday December 11 2020. As many of you know the awards are to acknowledge and celebrate individual staff members and teams who live the true meaning of our CORE Values and Behaviours Charter, those who go over and above to make a difference for the benefit of their colleagues, our patients and consumers. There are seven award categories: Healthy Communities, Connected Person-Centre Care, Evidence Based Decision Making, Responsive and Adaptable Organisation, Engaged and Empowered Workforce CORE Values and finally Leadership. Individual winners, team winners and volunteer winners will be awarded, so if you know an exceptional person, team or volunteer, visit the Exceptional People Awards page on our website to nominate them. Nominations close on September 25. After such a challenging and eventful year, there are so many of you who deserve recognition so be sure to nominate someone to let them know you think they are truly exceptional. Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District message FROM the Chief executive Deb Willcox

As the end of August approaches, we have now been living with COVID-19 for around eight months. Thankfully case numbers in NSW remain low and community transmission numbers lower still – but we are of course thinking of our colleagues in Victoria who continue to fight the virus. As a district, we have performed incredibly well in the face of the greatest public health challenge this century. Our district has faced its own challenges, from early in the pandemic with Ryde Hospital and Dorothy Henderson Lodge to more recently at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital. I would like to thank the ED team at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital for their superb response and resilience. I have said on numerous occasions the reason why we as a district have been able to continue delivering exceptional patient care in the face of ever-changing adversity is because of the devotion and commitment of our staff. Whether you have been on the frontline or behind the scenes, every single one of you has played an integral role in our response and I want to say thank you for your hard work during this challenging period. While we might be more comfortable with the ‘new normal’ – it’s important we remember things like physical distancing and practising appropriate hand hygiene and mask usage. As well as the virus, complacency is our number one threat, so I am always so pleased to see and hear how our staff are setting an example for the local community. It is the little things like making sure we


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