Breaking: COVID-19 Entitlements for Mersey Community Hospital (MCH) Members
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) have been made aware of a healthcare worker testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mersey Community Hospital (MCH) Emergency Department (ED). This Newsflash is intended to provide advice to members on your entitlements as a nurse, midwife or assistant in nursing (AIN) working at the MCH.
The ANMF has received advice directly from the Minister for Health, Sarah Courtney that a thorough investigation is being undertaken by Public Health to ascertain all contacts of the affected healthcare worker. If there is a risk that you have had contact with this healthcare worker, you will be contacted by Public Health and asked to self-isolate. The ANMF understand that some members are already in isolation due to being a close contact.
The ANMF recognise that this is a stressful time for all of our members, and we are here to assist you with COVID-19 related matters, or otherwise. However, if you feel that you need more support to assist you through this difficult time, please also remember as an ANMF member you have access to free confidential assistance via the Nurse and Midwives Support 24/7 helpline. Contact them on 1800 667 877 or learn more online here.
Updates correct as at 28 March 2020
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary