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2020 - International Year of the Nurse
12 May - International Nurses Day
Florence Nightingale was born on this date in 1820.
Each year since Flo was 79 years old, May 12th has been celebrated as International Nurses Day.
The World Health Organization (WHO) chose 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse, marking 200 years since the founder of modern nursing was born.
As COVID-19 cases soar across the globe WHO’s choice seems rather providential. It is Florence’s seminal work in sanitation (specifically handwashing) that has led to the modern standards in hygiene. She would have been quite pleased to hear of companies moving production from their usual output of gin to hand sanitiser and celebrities using their fame to teach all and sundry how to properly wash their hands.
As the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society (imagine what a stir that would have created in the 1800’s) she used statistics to demonstrate the nature and magnitude of conditions affecting medical care during the Crimean War to Members of Parliament.
It seems serendipitous that our COVID-19 experiences are occurring during such an important year on the nursing calendar.
I wonder what the world would have looked like if the Lady with the Lamp, with her head for numbers and figures hadn’t been such a force for change during her time.
This history is important as each and every nurse that we celebrate today has Florence and her legacy bolstering their profession.
At the moment one need only open up Facebook, switch on the TV, hear the clapping at 7pm or open the papers to understand why we celebrate these amazing individuals.
Each year one of our amazing local nurses would usually issue an invitation to all nurses around the region to gather for breakfast. Around a roaring fire, coffee in hand the nurses who provide their professional services and care across the district would catch up and celebrate each other in their similarities and their diversity. All before heading off for another day of nursing.
Of course, these plans have been kyboshed and this year nurses will do what they do best, make do! There may of course still be a cup of coffee and perhaps even a slice of cake, but these will be enjoyed in smaller, socially distanced groups and during a short tea break at work.
As essential workers nurses at Greenwood Health continued to provide services to the community since New Zealand put in place the bold lockdown measures. They demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and resilience as their usual working spaces, processes, paces and team-mates all changed in a very short space of time.
We had nurses working at the practice in new and changed environments, nurses working from home, nurses providing flu clinics at Memorial Hall and nurses involved in the swabbing centre at the Bridge Club and everyone pitched in, doing their bit with nary a complaint.
To all of our Greenwood Health nurses a huge thank you.
And from Greenwood Health to all of the nurses across the district, country and the world – thank you.
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Great post.I used to love reading about Florence when i was little...Ive stayed away from Greenwood Health during covid 19.im not sick so it wasnt hard.i shall be in when things are more normal maybe level 1.And for now yes thankyou to all tbe nurses anytime but especially these last two months.....
Dear Greenwood Health Patients
Although we have remained open during the COVID-19 lockdown period, understandably we have seen a reduction in the number of patients coming in or accessing our care as we all focused on staying home and keeping safe.
This has perhaps resulted in some of you ‘sitting’ on a health concern, waiting for restrictions to ease, and the country to enter Level 2.
As there are now indications that Level 2 draws closer, we are anticipating GPs and Nurses will be in increasing demand.
If you have been ‘sitting’ with a health concern, delaying routine care, have a chronic health condition that needs input or have a new concern that you wish to discuss with a clinician then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Although nationally New Zealand has done a truly commendable job in reducing case numbers of COVID-19, the possibility of resurgence remains and we all have a responsibility to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus.
When you do call for an appointment our reception team will ask a few additional questions that will help us determine the best course of action for your appointment. This may include asking;
- If a phone or virtual consultation in place of a face to face would suit your healthcare need.
- Whether you have any ‘red flag’ symptoms related to potential COVID-19
When you visit our practice there may be a few changes to your usual experience. Such as;
- Being asked to wait in the car rather than the waiting room
- Seeing your regular GP in a room that is different from the one you may be used to
- Being asked to wear a mask into the consultation
- Having your clinician wear a mask or full protective equipment
- We ask you to use hand sanitiser and practice social distancing
Please be reassured that your health and safety are our main concern and any questions we ask or actions we ask you to take relate to the purpose of keeping everyone safe from the virus.
Thank you everyone for your excellent work to help stamp this virus out and your commitment to doing so into the future.
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Dear Motueka Community
It has been a while. I hope you have all been staying well in your slightly expanded Level 3 bubbles.
I am sure you're all hotly anticipating Jacinda's announcement on Monday so we know when Level 2 might be on the horizon. Telling us what it looks like at today's announcement is both a great gift (so we can plan our lives) and a huge tease as we try and guess when (so we can plan our lives)......
Kia kaha everyone we have done so well so far.
This post is about one of the most discussed topics of our lockdown so far - nope not COVID - flu vaccines!
I had a wee look at our figures today and our teams extraordinary hard work has resulted in 2125 of some of the most vulnerable members of our community receiving a flu vaccine.
Although we were given the go ahead from the Ministry of Health to give flu vaccines to anyone who wants one from last week, we didn't have the stock and had to disappoint a number of you. We are sorry for that.
But things have changed, we have received stock! Never has a bunch of healthcare professionals been so excited to see boxes of a vaccine come through our doors.
We now find ourselves in the unusual position of being able to issue an open invitation to call and ask to book in for a flu vaccine.
Bear in mind that as we head into Level 2 and begin to interact with more people the risk for influenza increases and one of things you can do to protect yourself is get a flu vaccine.
The rules of engagement are thus;
- Be nice to the reception staff - they're about to get a 100 phone calls coming in at once
- We have limited days we can do flu clinics - we will try to make it work as best as we can for you, but be patient with us if we can't make it at the precise time and date that would suit.
- Some of you will be eligible for a free vaccine, some of you won't. These aren't our rules. They're the governments. So you know where to lodge your complaint 😉
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Nice work Greenwood team!! Thanks for all you are doing 💜
Super communication 🙂 thanks for ALL your hard work.
Got mine Saturday, thanks for setting it up!
This is great news! Thank you for all you’re doing, a fabulous team! I was in yesterday with my newborn and felt very taken care of despite the crazy covid circumstances! Thank you!!!
Sounds like a fabulously friendly health centre team. Look forward to joining your health centre when we move to Motueka later this year!
Greenwood Health are an awesome team. Thank you.