I’m breaking with convention this week and blogging on a Monday because I think the situation calls for it.
This winter, and particularly during the last week or so, we’ve faced a deluge of patients at Middlemore which has seen our hospital occupancy regularly exceed 100%. The workload for staff has been huge, the hours worked have been long and the pressure of this situation has been intense.
My thanks to you all for your efforts at this time are just as immense.
I want to express an overwhelming thank you to all staff for their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the past few days in the extreme circumstances we’ve been facing. Yet again, you’ve risen to the challenge and continued to provide a high quality of care despite the overload on our services. On behalf of the population we serve – thanks to you all.
As I’ve mentioned before, your wellbeing in such conditions concerns me. Dealing with the level of demand we have seen at the hospital recently is clearly unsustainable. I don’t want you to have huge workloads, long hours and intense pressure on an ongoing basis. This isn’t the way forward for us.
So, through my blog this Friday, I’ll be sharing with you some major strategic changes which will address pressure on the hospital. Please come back and read more about this on Friday – these are major changes for the CMDHB which will require input and support from us all.
Secondly, anyone with suggestions on what we can to do reduce stress on staff is welcome to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m keen to set up a group of staff who can advise me on this aspect of workplace wellness – let’s start by sharing some ideas.
Once again – many thanks for your hard work. I hope the warmer weather brings fewer hospital admissions and lots of opportunities out of work for you all to rest and relax.