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Members of the COVID-19 Support Team outside Nepean Hospital.

Purple vests a welcome sight

09 Jul 2020


It’s been a tough year for everyone but a dedicated team wearing purple vests has been doing their best to help make Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District staff’s lives a little easier.

The 15 members of COVID Support Team have been visiting every corner of our District’s hospitals, services and offices helping to explain the response to COVID-19, providing clinical education support and giving wellbeing and mindful advice.

NBMLHD Education & Training Service Manager, Nicole McGreal, says the program has been so successful that staff will continue to see people in purple vests drop in for a visit long after the COVID pandemic ends.

“We’re forming a new Roving Support Team, still in the familiar purple vests, to provide ongoing support and feedback pathways for our staff,” says Ms McGreal.

Safety Culture Coordinator Kellie Kaczorowski says during the COVID response, the team has been listening to staff feedback and then returning, sometimes the next day, with a response.

“People really appreciate our visits – knowing someone cares and is here to listen – particularly in the early days of the COVID pandemic when things were moving fast and it was really stressful for everyone,” says Ms Kaczorowski, who frequently dons the purple vest and visits staff.

More about our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic