Executive Messages

November 2020

COVID-19 Staff Update, 4 November

4/11/20

 

Dear colleagues,

 

I have noticed quite a lot people not wearing masks when walking through our facilities. It is critical we continue to maintain good practice to manage the risk of COVID-19 in our facilities. Masks should be worn when in any area that can be accessed by the public including corridors, cafeterias and patient care areas.     

 

Many of you are beginning to plan your end of year functions. It has been a tough year for everyone and we recognise the importance of finding time to celebrate with your colleagues in a COVID-safe way.

 

NSW Health has provided advice relating to end of year functions. All functions need to be compliant with Public Health Orders and public health protection advice. Please ensure you are familiar with the current rules when planning but also on the day of the event.

 

Additional caution should be applied to having groups of highly specialised workers attend functions at the same date/time as this could impact on service provision in the event the location in question becomes a NSW COVID-19 case location. Staggered events across differing dates and times may need to be considered.

 

Functions offsite at privately-operated venues may require some additional protection noting that these venues should have their own COVID-safe plans tailored to their venues and services provided.

 

Visitor arrangements at our facilities remain unchanged with visiting hours of 10:00am - 12:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Our policy of only one visitor per patient at any one time is also still in place. Let’s work together to ensure these arrangements are respected for the protection of staff and patients.

 

Westmead’s Oral Health Department has received one of our first newly purchased portacount machines for fit testing. By the end of next week, 22 WSLHD staff members will have been trained as fit testers to support the ongoing rollout of fit testing of staff who work in high risk areas.

 

Good luck to the Blues tonight for the 2020 NRL State of Origin. Remember to celebrate safely and check into any venues you are attending. If you spot a maroons jersey, consider leaving at least 3m between yourself and them. The usual 1.5m distancing is sufficient for fellow Blues fans.

  

Kindest regards,

 

Graeme Loy

 

Chief Executive

Changes to Bank Details Updates from 7 December 2020

4/11/20

 

Dear colleagues,

 

From 7 December 2020 HealthShare NSW will no longer be accepting manual forms via the Employee Personal Details Form, or email requests to update bank details. Instead, all bank details changes will be actioned electronically through StaffLink Employee Self Service (ESS) via Bank Details (request to amend a current transaction or add/cease a transaction).

 

How can I access ESS?

You can access ESS by clicking here which will take you to the log in page. ESS can be accessed remotely from different devices.

 

How do I update my details?

The Update Bank Details in StaffLink Knowledge Article available in SARA provides a detailed step-by-step guide on updating banking details, including a short video and images to support you.

 

What happens if a manual form is submitted after 7 December 2020?

If HealthShare NSW receives an Employee Personal Details form after 7 December, the form will not be processed. To provide support and knowledge where we can, we will be contacting the requestor and providing education and support on how to update the bank details in StaffLink ESS.

 

Further information

  • Banking Details – Employee Fact Sheet (attached): Information on why this change is occurring and how it benefits you

  • StaffLink – Employee Self Service (ESS) – Update Bank Details in StaffLink (attached): Step-by-step guide to assist you with updating your bank details in StaffLink ESS

 

Contact

To learn more about the changes or if you require support, please contact the HealthShare NSW Customer Service Desk via SARA or on 1300 679 367.

  

Kind regards,

 

Luci Caswell 

 

Director People and Culture 

COVID-19 Staff Update, 2 November

4/11/20

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Starting this week I will be issuing my COVID-19 memos three times a week rather than daily. A large amount of our COVID-19 activity has been built into our business as usual approach and remains unchanged. I will continue to provide updates on new developments or changes and communicate any critical information as it happens. This memo is part of my commitment to keeping you informed of our COVID-19 response.  

 

The WSLHD Executive continues to meet on a daily basis to review our district’s ongoing readiness and COVID-19 risk levels. Planning is also currently underway for operational arrangements for our COVID-19 clinics over Christmas.

 

There have been 577 COVID-19 cases in our district since the beginning of the pandemic including locally acquired and overseas acquired (in hotel quarantine) cases. Currently one COVID-19 patient is in home isolation in our district and being cared for by our Community Health team.

 

NSW Health is undertaking work to develop the Future Health Strategy that will outline the next 10 years for our health system. I encourage you to contribute to this process and share your thoughts by taking part in the Future Health online survey. Complete the survey here.

 

A reminder that the Western Sydney LHD group on Yammer will continue to feature news on COVID-19 relevant for staff. I encourage you to log in regularly and share your own news with colleagues from across the district. Follow this link to log in.  

Kind regards,                                             

 

Graeme Loy

 

Chief Executive

COVID-19 Staff Update, 30 October

4/11/20

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Thank you to all staff for continuing to ensure our visiting hours are respected. Our community is now familiar with these precautions but we appreciate there will be occasions where special circumstances will need to be considered particularly in relation to areas like palliative care, birthing, ICU and neonatal ICU.

 

One COVID positive patient remains in home isolation in our district. No new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 has been identified in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. 

 

Daily testing numbers across our community clinics have been tracking between approximately 500 - 600 this week. With recent clusters in surrounding areas like south west Sydney, we continue to promote COVID-safe behaviours and urge people with even the slightest of symptoms to present for testing.

 

Advice around some south west Sydney case locations has been upgraded. Please visit the NSW website for the full list of venues and updated advice.

 

While we are all very aware of what we can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19, I encourage you not to become complacent. Please don’t come to work if you are unwell and get tested. Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitiser with you when you go out. When outside the workplace wear a mask where you can’t physically distance from others like on public transport, in shops, taxis and places of worship.

 

Kind regards,                                            

 

Graeme Loy

 

Chief Executive

COVID-19 Staff Update, 29 October

4/11/20

 

Dear colleagues,

A public health alert has been issued for a number of venues in south west and western Sydney. Anyone who attended Ali Baba Charcoal Chicken in Auburn on Monday 26 October 2020, between 1pm – 1.20pm is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. Please visit the NSW website for a full list of venues.

 

Additional infection control training for local residential aged care facilities will begin from Monday. WSLHD staff will be again visiting facilities to further upskill staff to strengthen our COVID-19 community response.

 

Four new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 have been reported in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The source of infection is still under investigation in one of these cases. One COVID positive patient is in home isolation in WSLHD.

 

A reminder about parking at our facilities. Please refrain from parking in short-term parking spots such as 5 and 15 minute drop off zones. These spots are for short stay only and are intended for our community and surrounding businesses.  

 

With Halloween approaching this weekend, NSW Health has issued some advice about how to celebrate safely. Keep it outdoors and trick or treat in front-yards not front-doors, provide closed packaged treats and not communal lolly bowls and keep it local. For more tips visit the NSW website here.

 

Kind regards,                                            

 

Graeme Loy

 

Chief Executive

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