Executive Messages

March 2020

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

5/3/20

 

Dear colleagues,

 

I would like to acknowledge the great work of our teams who are supporting the NSW Health response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

 

Westmead Hospital is currently the designated facility in NSW for the care of patients with COVID-19.  

 

I am very proud of our highly-skilled clinicians across the District who are leading the way in the safe and effective management of affected patients.  

 

We have very clear infection control measures to ensure the safety of our staff involved in screening and treating patients, and to prevent the spread of the virus to other staff and visitors to our hospitals.

 

Our multidisciplinary teams are focusing on surveillance, monitoring and infection prevention controls. This is supported by regular teleconferences with experts in our emergency, intensive care, nursing, and biosecurity and infection control teams.  

 

We are also providing training and education for staff across our facilities.

 

Please be assured that no staff at WSLHD have tested positive for the virus, despite inaccurate media reports over the past 24 hours.

 

I encourage you to check the NSW Health website for the most accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19.

 

Once again, thank you to everyone involved. We will continue to be leaders in the provision of safe and effective care to the western Sydney community and beyond.

 

Regards

 

Graeme Loy

WSLHD Chief Executive

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