Kempsey District Hospital Thanks Macleay CommunityMay 12, 2020
Kempsey District Hospital has expressed its gratitude to the Macleay community for the support and good wishes shown to frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hospital’s Executive Officer and Deputy Coordinator of the Hastings Macleay Clinical Network, Jill Wong, said staff had been working hard to be prepared for the impact the virus might have in the valley, however, certainly weren’t prepared for the incredible generosity and support from well-wishers.
“I’m not sure if ‘prepared’ is the right word, but our staff certainly weren’t expecting the show of support they have received,” Ms Wong said.
“It’s been amazing, and so touching. A real tribute to the wonderful community we are part of.
“People just want to help, and they’re doing that by keeping spirits high at Kempsey District Hospital.”
Emergency Department staff recently received individual, handmade laundry bags, enabling clinical staff to keep their uniforms separated from other clothing items following their shifts.
The thoughtful gift was provided by Hayley Hoskins, founder and president of Baylin’s Gift, a local charity committed to educating young people and their support networks on depression, anxiety, gender, sexual identification and suicide awareness.
“Our staff have enjoyed pizzas kindly donated by Domino’s and Zannie’s, other frontline staff have received beautiful bunches of proteas from Paul Dalley at Mountain Nursery, and there have been messages of support and Easter egg hampers from St Paul’s College at Kempsey to all staff cohorts.
“And the people of the Macleay attending the hospital and Health Campus over the past couple of months, whether for appointments, for emergency care or visiting a loved one, have been patient, kind and understanding when faced with the daily changes in accessing services, such as changes to visitation, having their temperature taken or being directed to single entry points some distance away.
“It’s a wonderful response from our community and we at Kempsey Health Campus would like to say thank you to the Macleay Valley community.
“You have been incredible during this pandemic. Thank you.”