There’s always that time of the year when things seem particularly tough. It’s usually in the winter months, when the hospital is busy, it’s cold and wet outside, and there is only one public holiday to look forward to until Christmas. This time of year can be really hard and I’m incredibly humbled and blown away by how well team counties steps up to the mark, rain, hail and shine and gets the job done. In times of immense pressure, like the last few days, staff continue to provide excellent services to people, who come through our doors. I’d just like to say many thanks for the great job that you do.
While we are incredibly good at providing care to others, winter is also a time when we feel our most vulnerable due to coughs and sneezes. If we do manage to escape the bugs, it’s usually a member of our family who isn’t so lucky. While I can’t make the winter go away I can encourage you to look after yourself. If you have ever watched an aeroplane safety video, it recommends that you buckle yourself in first, or in the case of an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask, before helping others. The same message applies here. By looking after ourselves, we are in a much better position to look after others, so that means getting enough rest, eating well, and staying active. And if you need something exciting to look forward to, it’s only 23 days until the rugby world cup. So hang in there – I hope we all have something to celebrate pretty soon!
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