This week, each edition of the operations bulletin will be featuring key messages from our COVID leadership team. Today’s focus is on getting tested and vaccinated, which are two of the most important things we can all do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during Covid-19. Western Health is trying to make it easier for staff to do both.
Thanks to everybody who has responded to yesterday’s announcement about the priority booking system for the vaccination of Western Health staff, family and household members.
The Western Health COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline (8345 0661) has since been inundated with calls, so thank you for your patience if you had trouble getting through.
Due to the very high volume of calls, an email booking system has now been introduced.
To make a vaccination booking request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
- Staff member name
- Staff member employee number
- Area of work (ward / unit / service)
- And the following for each family and/or household member:
- Date of Birth
- Email and phone number
- Medicare Card
- Preferred Western Health Vaccination Hub location
A member of the administration team will make the appointment and send you a confirmation email within 48 hours.
Asymptomatic testing continues to be available to all Western Health staff, and I encourage you to make use of it. Details about times and locations can be found here: Staff COVID testing.
We also offer asymptomatic surveillance testing for staff who come into contact with confirmed or high risk suspected COVID patients, and those who work in areas such as emergency departments and our COVID wards. This testing program is recommended by the Department of Health and is available to clinical and non-clinical staff members.
Under the program, staff undertake four saliva tests and one nose/throat test over a seven-day period. Testing continues for 14 days from the last exposure. More information can be found in the surveillance testing QRG.
Thanks for reading.