NSLHD News July 1 2022

I was honoured to attend an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital’s Pink Ladies and male volunteers. We have always been so fortunate to have many wonderful people in our community give up their time to help our patients and staff. Thank you to all of our volunteers and congratulations to the Hornsby volunteers for this remarkable milestone. Our staff, patients and community are so thankful for your contribution and the warmth and genuine spirit you bring to the hospital. Our district recently celebrated the official transfer of Hoc Mai to NSLHD. Hoc Mai is a not-for-profit foundation that brings together the collective healthcare knowledge and experience of Australia and Vietnam in an educational partnership aiming to improve health outcomes through education and research. We were privileged to be able to welcome members from the Australia Vietnam Foundation as well as some of our wonderful donors of Hoc Mai. I look forward to seeing the partnership evolve and grow. It always brings me great joy to see talented staff members within our district excel in their specialties and receive recognition for their efforts. I was delighted to see that our NSLHD Falls Prevention Coordinator Margaret Armstrong was awarded the NSW Falls Prevention and Healthy Aging Network Lifetime Achievement Award. Margaret is such a deserving recipient for her wonderful contribution to falls prevention in our hospitals. Hornsby Hospital recently farewelled its longest-serving nurse, Rosalyn Ferguson, as she retires after 44 years of service. Rosalyn was preparing to retire before the COVID-19 pandemic but stayed on to care for her community and impart her knowledge to her colleagues during such a difficult time.

I think this speaks volumes of Rosalyn’s character and why she will be sorely missed from Hornsby Hospital. On behalf of the district, I would like to thank Rosalyn for her efforts and contributions throughout her career and wish her all the best in her next chapter. The NSW Ministry of Health is soon expected to announce that Category A staff will be required to demonstrate evidence of having received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and proof they have received their annual influenza vaccination or have an approved medical exemption. Whilst we know most of our staff members have received vaccinations for COVID-19 and/or influenza, it’s important to ensure your proof of vaccination status has been recorded in your StaffLink, particularly if you had these vaccinations through your GP or local pharmacy outside of the NSW Health Hubs. If your vaccinations have not been recorded in StaffLink correctly please email a copy of your immunisation history statement to NSLHD-vaccinationcompliance@health.nsw. gov.au A number of staff have asked about the need for a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. ATAGI advises that a fourth dose is not required at this time for healthcare workers who are under 65 and are otherwise healthy as the risk of severe illness remains very low after your first dose. Finally, I appreciate the health system is extremely busy at the moment during the winter flu season compounded by COVID-19 and I want to thank you for everything you are doing to keep yourself protected and those you care for. Deb Willcox Chief Executive



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