Sunday, 26 June 2022

    SOS for doctors and nurses

    St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne has issued an urgent call to other states and New Zealand for more doctors and nurses to help fight COVID-19, the Herald Sun reports.

    The Fitzroy hospital has felt the full force of surging coronavirus admissions, as well as having staff absent through contracting it.

    It has issued the SOS for healthcare workers who can spare a couple of months working in Melbourne.

    In an online advertisement, St Vincent’s staff warn Victorians and their health system “have been hit hard by the pandemic and our hospitals are stretched to the limit”.

    The ad says flights, accommodation and salary will be covered for medical workers from interstate who choose to join the COVID-19 fight in Melbourne.

    Interstate arrivals are already bolstering efforts in hospitals such as St Vincent’s but they warn more help is needed as community transmission increases pressure on the health system.

    There are 753 active coronavirus cases linked to healthcare workers, with a total of 2563 professionals in the industry infected since the start of the pandemic.

    State government figures indicate just 15 per cent of cases in this sector are picked up at work, and dedicated contact tracers are now working in hospitals to stop the spread of infections among staff and patients.

    Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the pandemic was still “incredibly tough” with frontline workers putting their own health and wellbeing at risk for others.


    St Vincent’s sends SOS for doctors and nurses (CathNews)

    St Vincent’s hospital launches plea for interstate doctors and nurses to join Victoria’s virus fight (By Grant McArthur, Alex White and Shannon Deery, Herald Sun)


    St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne