Covid Messages from Russell

COVID Messages from Russell – 11 June

June 11, 2020

We are now half way through a very unusual year and really gearing up our services once again after the months of scale backs due to COVID. Thank you to the thousands of staff involved in this new phase of work.

Today I am including a brief video message as something of a change of pace! Click on the image below to hear this one.

International recognition

I am pleased to see international recognition for work from a range of our clinicians, including one of our medical colleagues here at Western Health, Dr Andy Tagg.

Don’t Forget the Bubbles is an international coalition of clinicians who are playing a global role in making sense of COVID-19’s impact on children – including the rare inflammatory syndrome that has been diagnosed in a number of cases. The WHO; the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK; and the prestigious journal Paediatric Research (from Nature) are now citing their work as one of a number of valuable sources. A recent Don’t Forget the Bubbles evidence summary of COVID-19 paediatric literature was picked up by the media in the US, UK and Australia and the information was accessed more than 90,000 times in one month.

Western Health emergency physician Dr Andy Tagg has a special interest in paediatrics and is a co-founder of the ‘bubbles’ group.

In a previous life, Andy was a medical officer on cruise ships for more than four years.

You can hear more about all of this in the latest episode of our podcast series, The Unifying Call, by going to the podcast website via the link below:

Or go to any of these (or other) links where you like to listen to podcasts.


COVID Catch-Ups

Today we are also releasing three more editions of my recent COVID Catch-Ups with staff. The COVID team had lots to discuss and I also caught up with Drug Health Services and some of the Food Services team from Sunshine. So this week’s episodes cover quite a range of subject matter and take the total number of catch-ups released so far, to 18!