Newsflash: North West COVID-19 Update

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) have today met with State Service and Department of Health Representatives regarding the upcoming plans for health service delivery next week at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH), Mersey Community Hospital (MCH) and the North West Private Hospital (NWPH).

The Premier today has also announced the extension of isolation restrictions in the North West for a further one week when these arrangements will be reviewed. However, as advised by the Department of Health, the NWRH will continue to undergo its deep clean, and services will be re-opened in a staged approach.

The ANMF understands that while the NWRH Emergency Department (ED) is already open this will need to be handed over to THS staff by 29 April 2020. At this stage, this will be followed by the NWPH maternity services, NWRH ICU, and then likely by a ward at the NWRH.

The ANMF have been advised by the Department of Health that the plan for the MCH is in the final stage of development and ANMF will advise members as soon as updates are provided. With regard to the return to work package for members, Department of Health and the Head of the State Service have today sent email correspondence to all North West members.

If you require further assistance, then please do not hesitate to contact our Member Support Team via membersupport@anmftas.org.au or for urgent matters phone (03) 6223 6777. Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, our Member Support Team are now practicing social isolation measures and working from home. Bearing this in mind, email is the preferred and fastest way of contacting them.

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Updates correct as at 24 April 2020
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary