Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 8 May

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Message from the Chief Executive

As I write, the Federal Cabinet is meeting and we all wait to see what decisions will be made.  For us in Victoria, the main news will need to wait until Monday 11 May when the Premier will advise what, if any, changes will be made.  As before, I will ensure that I update you on any direct implications for us as a health service.

We have continued to pursue excellence throughout our response to this pandemic and the stories of your hard work continue to emerge.

On Wednesday night, Monash Health’s Tania Green was named ‘Nurse of the Year’ in the HESTA 2020 Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Tania is the Clinic Nurse Co-ordinator for our Cleft and Craniofacial Unit and has dedicated her career to improving awareness of the treatment and care required for cleft affected babies. I met with Tania on the day of the announcement and she showed the typical humility many of our people display when receiving acknowledgment of their efforts and achievements. Although she regards this as all in a day’s work, I want to congratulate Tania for her years of kind and compassionate care; they have no doubt given her patients positive lifelong benefits.

As part of the state government’s COVID-19 screening blitz, we have rapidly expanded our testing capacity. Within two days, we had identified our options across our health service, established a range of new locations, filled the roster, trained employees, established administrative and communication protocols, and had the pathology team scale up their response accordingly. The added capacity has boosted screening, with over 8,000 additional tests carried out, bringing our total to 19,423 people swabbed to date.

I want to mention the expressions of gratitude from the Secretary of the DHHS and the Health Minister. The hard work and leadership shown by all involved, including Claire Pierce, Stuart Cavill, Kristy De George, Beena Kumar, Tony Korman and many others, has been exceptional. Mobilising the additional screening clinics reflects our ability to remain agile and ensure the provision of clinical service to a high standard.

We currently have no COVID-19 positive patients in our care and this week we have seen an increase in people visiting our emergency and paediatric services. It has been reassuring that more people are seeking our help when needed, and I thank you for the work you have done in reassuring our patients and consumers that it is safe to visit us. Your calm response as we move through this time has played a crucial role in increasing the community’s confidence and comfort when coming onto our sites.

Even during an extraordinary time, your dedication to the best patient outcomes remains undaunted. Thank you for your commitment to delivering excellence and for your compassion towards our patients and each other.

Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Key messages

Tania Green wins Nurse of the Year at the HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards

We are proud to share that Monash Health’s Tania Green has been awarded Nurse of the Year. Tania has dedicated her career to improving awareness of the treatment and care required for cleft affected babies. Read more here.

Important updates to the EMR in response to COVID-19

To ensure we continue to provide safe and timely patient care, we have implemented further updates and enhancements within the Electronic Medical Record. Please familiarise yourself with these changes or visit www.emrmonashhealth.org

Updates to EMR training

In response to the current COVID-19 circumstances, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) training is now only conducted online. Read more here.

Update on new PPE stock

Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stock, which may look different to what you’re used to seeing, has come into the health service via the national stockpile. Please be assured that each of these surgical and N95 masks have been approved and meet the criteria for their respective use. Read more here.

Innovation in Urology
Heads of Urology across the state are complimenting Monash Health’s proactive approach and the remarkable achievement of not just holding our own, but making gains in patient outcomes during a pandemic. Read more here.

Casey employee spotlight – Fairley Wijesinghe

The completion of the Casey Hospital Expansion Project is a major milestone for Monash Health.

With construction complete, we are recognising and celebrating the ways our teams prepared, consulted, planned, and adapted to the changes. Today we focus on Fairley Wijesinghe, Acting Manager, Food Services at Casey Hospital. Read more here.

Mother’s Day visitation

Sunday 10 May is Mother’s Day and we recognise that how we celebrate our mums will be different this year. As the declared state of emergency will still be in place this Sunday, visitor restrictions and hours will remain in place. Read more here.

Last COVID-19 patient leaves Dandenong
It was all smiles yesterday at Dandenong West 3 as we discharged our last current COVID-19 patient. Watch the video here.

Snorkels trialled in COVID-19 fight

Monash Health respiratory specialist Dr Simon Joosten has teamed up with engineers from Monash University to trial the use of modified snorkel masks to help contain coronavirus when moving potentially infectious patients through hospitals.

Targeted training is now live

Completing your mandatory and targeted training is now easier than ever. From today, when you log in to Latte, the targeted training packages (as well as the mandatory packages) you are required to complete will be automatically assigned to you. Read more here.

Now could be a good time for a break

Taking time to switch off and recharge fully – even if you are doing it at home – can be beneficial to staying healthy in the long term. If you have leave available, you may wish to speak to your manager and see if it’s possible to take some time off. Read more here.

Nursing and midwifery registration deadline – 31 May
The deadline is fast approaching for all nurses and midwives to renew their annual registration. To practise in Australia, all nurses and midwives must hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and meet the NMBA’s registration standards. Registrations can be renewed online, and are due by 31 May.

Process for receiving gifts and donations

We have been receiving lots of enquiries from generous people wanting to donate food, toys and equipment. While the kindness and support of the community are appreciated, please make sure you are familiar with the process for receiving and recognising these gifts. Read more here. Please note that it is also essential that you do not share food at this time.

Social Media policy reminder
The temptation to share stories and content about our pandemic experience can be strong, but please be careful. You need to adhere to our social media policy, respect patient privacy and make sure that you don’t bring our service into disrepute.

Haven’t had your flu shot yet?

Thank you to the over 12,000 Monash Health employees who have already received their influenza vaccination. If you are yet to receive your free vaccination, please visit one of the Infection Prevention offices at Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital or Casey Hospital, which are open from Monday to Friday, or visit our new drive-in immunisation clinicRead more here.

Hand hygiene rates
We have met our hand hygiene targets for the second month in a row and are recording over 80% compliance across all sites. However, hand hygiene needs to stay front and centre of everyone’s mind. Read more here.

PPE training just became easier to access
Make sure you know all you need to know about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by attending one of our daily drop-in training sessions. You can attend at any site that suits you. Read more here.

Reminder to return your scrubs
Washable scrubs have been supplied as part of a program to add another layer of safety above and beyond PPE requirements. Ensure your colleagues are able to access scrubs when they need them – return scrubs for prompt laundering in the lime-green linen bags. Read more here.

Ensure you are working to the most up-to-date advice

The information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Ensure you are working to the most up-to-date advice by referring to the Monash Health Employee Coronavirus website. To make accessing the site quicker, you can create a shortcut on your smartphone by following these instructions.

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the [dhhs.vic.gov.au]Department of Health and Human Services and [coronavirus.monashhealth.org]Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.



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