NSLHD Communication about the Northern Beaches Cluster

18-Dec-2020


The NSLHD Chief Executive Deb Willcox has sent the following message to all staff employed in the LHD.

You will have undoubtedly heard media reports regarding a group of residents of the northern beaches who are COVID 19 positive. 

I want to acknowledge the large number of staff who have moved so swiftly in the last 24 hours to establish clinics and look after our community. 

A number of you will also be residents of the northern beaches LGA. 

Health care workers are considered essential so can attend work, however there are some important points:

  1. If you are a staff member, live in the Northern Beaches LGA and have attended any of the locations listed on the NSW Health website here you should not attend work and should go and be tested. Please let your line manager know ASAP.
  2. If you are a staff member, live in the northern beaches LGA, NOT attended any of the publicised location, you can come to work. You should wear a mask at all times.
  3. If you are a staff member, live in the northern beaches LGA, and not a frontline worker you may work from home for the next 3 days. Please check with your line manager to ensure working from home is practicable and no impact on service delivery.
  4. Any staff member who has any symptoms at all should not attend work and get tested.
I would like to thank all of you for everything you do for each other, our patients and the community while we manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health has forwarded the Union an updated COVID-19 Workforce Advice and includes the most up to date interstate border advice, which is:

Australian State and Territory borders are subject to rapid closures and changes to quarantine or self-isolation requirements without notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff are therefore asked to carefully consider interstate travel plans. Special Leave is not available for time spent quarantining or self-isolating as a consequence of recreational travel. Interstate travel on compassionate grounds (due to death/ illness of relatives residing interstate) will be considered on a case by case basis by the employing Health Agency; in the event quarantine or self isolation is required upon return to New South Wales.