Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 19 May

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Message from the Chief Executive

We currently have no COVID-19 patients in our care or any of our healthcare workers in isolation. Over 338,000 tests have now been processed in Victoria, and over 1 million across Australia. Numbers at our screening clinics have dropped, as the screening blitz has completed, and we are now testing symptomatic people only.

As we see restrictions start to lift, including the reopening of pubs, restaurants and cafes from 1 June, we must remember that the virus has not disappeared. Good hand hygiene, physical distancing, PPE training, and staying home when you are sick are critical to keeping you and those in your care safe.

Our PPE requirements for Code Blue, Code Grey and MET response have changed, as have our visitor restrictions. Please make sure you understand these changes.

On Monday, we opened the new Casey ICU, which will have a significant impact across the Hospital and the wider health service. We will be able to treat a high acuity of patients on-site, keep more patients close to home, reduce transfers between sites, improve continuity-of-care, and create a better experience for patients and employees. I want to particularly acknowledge the work of the Nurse Manager Penny Woodward, Dr Subhash Arora and Cath Cronin for making this happen and of course to all those who will work in the unit.

This week is National Volunteers Week, an important time to recognise and honour the remarkable contribution our 400 volunteers and 75 consumer advisors make. I would also like to acknowledge the 200 volunteers from other organisations, who also provide support across Monash Health. Due to COVID-19 we haven’t been able to get our volunteers together to say thank you in the way we normally would. So, to our volunteers, I say thank you. We have missed you over the past months, and we are looking forward to seeing you again when restrictions ease.

On Sunday the world celebrated IDAHOBIT – the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, and yesterday we marked the occasion with a special Webex event for Monash Health employees. In 2018 we launched our Equity and Inclusion strategy, a call to action to all of us to create an inclusive and safe environment for everyone. We continue to make progress in this regard, and I would like to thank the LGBTIQ+ subcommittee for their efforts.

Thank you, as always, for your dedication and commitment to those we care for.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive

Key messages

Casey ICU Opening
Casey Hospital’s new Intensive Care Unit is now open and admitting patients. The bright new 12-bed unit is part of the $135 million Casey Hospital Expansion Project. Read more here.

Casey Employee Spotlight – Michael Farmer
With the construction of the Casey Hospital Expansion Project complete, we are celebrating the ways our teams prepared, consulted, planned, and adapted to the changes. Today we hear from Michael Farmer, Unit Head, General Medicine. Read more here.

PPE Training reminder
If you are in a patient-facing role and have not completed your PPE training (face-to-face training and LATTE training), you must do so before 1 July 2020. To make it easier, we are running daily face-to-face training sessions, every hour from 9am – 4pm at Clayton, Kingston, Moorabbin, Casey and Dandenong. Read more here.

Changes to PPE Requirements
We have made changes to the PPE requirements for Code Blue, Code Grey and MET response. To keep everyone safe, please review and ensure you are familiar with how to respond to Code Blue, Code Grey and MET calls. Read more here.

Celebrating IDAHOBIT
Yesterday we celebrated IDAHOBIT – the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia. Read about the event and find out more about IDAHOBIT here.

National Volunteers Week
This week is National Volunteers Week. To our volunteers, thank you, we have missed you, and we are looking forward to seeing you back when restrictions slowly ease. Read more here.

From Breast Services to Procurement
The Workforce Mobilisation Team have been finding temporary roles for team members whose work areas have slowed or gone on hold because of the pandemic. One example is Radhika, one of our first employees to take up a new temporary role. Read more here.

Remember to take care of yourself
Please continue to prioritise your health and wellbeing. There is a range of resources available to you on the Monash Health employee website specifically tailored to our teams.

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.

Our infection prevention settings have been updated. Protect yourself and our patients by reviewing now.View updated guidelines