3pm | 19 July 2021
Today the COVID-19 situation within South Australia has escalated with a positive case of COVID-19 being recorded from within the community.
This case has led to the temporary closure of the emergency department at Modbury Hospital with the RAH, TQEH and our Hospital Avoidance and Supported Discharge Service (HASDS) at Sefton Park working along with the Lyell McEwin Hospital receiving patients that would have normally presented to that ED. Patients from our southern catchment area are being taken to Flinders rather than the RAH as we all lean in to support the community and the health network.
We are also preparing to take a number of patients from the Modbury ED into our COVID-19 ward at the RAH. While this is precautionary as these patients are not COVID-19 positive, the RAH as the COVID-19 receiving hospital is well positioned to safely care for them.
Our network continues to be extremely busy and we have just activated a major incident due to both the significant pressure in some areas of the network and the COVID-19 response. Our Network Incident Command Centre has also been activated to assist in coordinating our response.
In order to manage this additional demand, I have asked for a temporary change to our incident management structure to take into account both capacity management and COVID-19 readiness. This work will be led by Brendan Docherty, as Commander and supported by Rachael Kay, as the COVID-19 lead and Allison Cassidy as the Operations lead.
The Incident Management Team has met twice today to discuss the situation and while we remain in a heightened CoSTAT1, we are still gathering the information we need to determine if a change is needed to our CoSTAT and we will communicate this decision once it is made. The CALHN COVID-19 Plan Network Disaster Resilience Response Plan - Human Disease Annex provides more information about what each CoSTAT means.
We are in a very dynamic situation and need to remain alert protecting the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors as a priority and I wanted to reinforce the importance of receiving your COVID-19 vaccine.
Walk-into Wayville for your vaccine til 6.30pm tonight!
We have seen today and over the last 10 days how quickly things can change – it really is so important that all staff are vaccinated.
CALHN staff on the COVID pathway or who are eligible for Pfizer can walk into the Wayville Vaccination Clinic at any time to receive their vaccination –with no appointment needed. The clinic will remain open until 6.30pm tonight, Tuesday and Thursday to make it easier for CALHN staff to do this.
Exposure sites and border restrictions
With the local case and further interstate developments please keep yourself up to date with the exposure sites and border restrictions and follow all instructions regarding isolating and testing.
If you have been in a known exposure site during the timeframes listed on the SA Health site, please complete the self isolation form, get tested and contact your line manager and the Clinical Worker Health Service for further advice and a risk assessment.
Clinical Worker Health Unit
- Royal Adelaide Hospital, telephone 7117 2306
- The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, telephone 8222 7642
- After-hours: 0438 976 481
While this is not the turn of events we had hoped for, we always knew there was a possibility that COVID-19 could resurface locally. Earlier today it was flagged that there may be additional restrictions in place and we will follow up with another bulletin later today with more information for you.
I know that many of you may be concerned about this and for your colleagues from NALHN. However as a network we have learnt a lot since COVID-19 arrived more than 12 months ago and I am confident in our ability to manage whatever may lay ahead.
If anyone is feeling overwhelmed and you feel like you need support, please reach out to your manager, or access our Employee Assistance Program.
We will continue to keep you informed about our response in a timely manner through COVID-19 Bulletins.
I will finish as I always do with say each week, ‘If not us…then who?’. But also #BeLikeUs!
Chief Executive Officer
Central Adelaide Local Health Network