Shepparton News

Melbourne nurses help fill the gap

- By John Lewis

A rescue mission by Melbourne nurses has allowed Shepparton Private Hospital to operate despite losing more than 80 of its 200 staff to stay-at-home COVID-19 quarantine orders.

Director of clinical services Simone Hazelman said under an arrangemen­t with hospital operators Ramsay Health Care, five nurses from Warringal Private Hospital arrived on Monday to help the Shepparton facility continue care for its surgical patients.

She said the Warringal team members were experience­d nurses who had taken part in the response to last year’s COVID-19 outbreak across Melbourne aged care homes.

‘‘They have all been brilliant. They walked in and were able to help us continue offering quality care to our patients straight away,’’ Ms Hazelman said.

She said uncertaint­y over the developing COVID-19 outbreak last week meant forward planning was necessary.

‘‘We were unsure what was going to happen, but people have stepped up,’’ she said.

Ms Hazelman said the five Melbourne nurses were returning home today, as local nurses slowly returned to work at the Shepparton facility.

‘‘We’re going okay now and we do have another team on standby as our own staff return to work slowly,’’ she said.

Ms Hazelman said senior staff had been in discussion­s with the hospital’s executive to make sure support was also available to the private sector during the current crisis.

She praised her own team of nurses and administra­tors for their commitment to the medical and social needs of the Shepparton community.

‘‘My team has been amazing. I can’t thank them enough,’’ she said.

‘‘Staff have been dropping off groceries to others who are in isolation, and visiting people at home to make sure they are okay.

‘‘It’s a cliche´, but we really are all in this together — we all have a role to play.’’

 ??  ?? Rescue mission: Nurses from Warringal Private Hospital stepped in this week to help with patient care at Shepparton Private Hospital; (L-R) Rachel Elias, Warren Fowler, Kellie Burns, Chantelle Lambourne and Lynne Normington.
Rescue mission: Nurses from Warringal Private Hospital stepped in this week to help with patient care at Shepparton Private Hospital; (L-R) Rachel Elias, Warren Fowler, Kellie Burns, Chantelle Lambourne and Lynne Normington.

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