Hospitals and Multipurpose Services (MPS) across Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) are the backdrop for COVID-19 staff training and simulation exercises. Regular simulation training exercises are further preparing the District’s staff and services to provide care for patients who may be positive or are suspected of having COVID-19.
The simulation exercises focus on patient and staff safety and vary from helping a woman who has COVID-19 to give birth, to admitting a patient with COVID-19 into a ward, or looking after a patient who needs emergency help with their breathing.
Every simulation exercise gives MLHD staff further opportunity to practice and refine infection prevention skills. Putting on and taking off personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for staff and patient safety.
The simulation exercises focus on the importance of health care teamwork. An example is when using PPE we use a Buddy system; one staff member to watch and double check every step, while the other staff member puts on or takes off the PPE of masks, eyewear, gown and gloves.
The exercises always focus on the importance of correct hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is essential for everyone in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Jill Reyment, Director of Clinical Governance said, “Our clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention team and highly-trained doctors are visiting sites across the District to share their skills and training in emergency care, infection prevention, intensive care, and maternity care.
“This training is helping staff to be even more prepared for caring for people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This training will help save lives. “The simulation training involves all staff, including cleaning, administration, allied health, doctors, nurses and midwives.” Ms Reyment said.
Agencies such as NSW Ambulance and NSW Police as well as local general practitioners (GPs) are also involved in the team training.

While MLHD staff do their bit to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our local communities are being asked to help as well.
“We particularly want people to get tested as the criteria for testing has been broadened, Ms Reyment said.
MLHD invites anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus to call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (7.00 am – 9.00 pm) for a confidential telephone assessment.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
 fever
 sore throat
 dry cough
 shortness of breath
MLHD and MPHN encourage members of the public who need information to visit the NSW Health website at:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Media release: MLHD