Open letter of thanks to the frontline workers at the South Coast District Hospital

Midwife Sharon Evans and director of nursing Amy Lee with a baby born at the SCDH.

Midwife Sharon Evans and director of nursing Amy Lee with a baby born at the SCDH.

The members of the Southern Fleurieu Health Advisory Council (HAC) and the Board of the Victor Harbor Private Hospital wish to acknowledge the outstanding and dedicated efforts of all staff at the South Coast District Hospital and wish the nurses all the very best in this 200th anniversary year of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

This year has been designated by the World Health Organisation as 'The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife' in recognition of the contribution they make to ensure healthy lives and to promote wellbeing for all.

The South Coast District Hospital and Victor Harbor Private Hospital provide a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services to patients from the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide metropolitan area.

Medical officers and nursing staff are on site 24 hours a day seven days a week and a team of doctors and specialists provide services which include in part general medicine, surgery, oncology, and obstetrics.

It is important that our community is informed of the outstanding job that staff at our hospital have undertaken in preparing the hospital to be ready to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working under outstanding leadership from Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery, all staff including doctors, nurses, administration, maintenance and cleaners, bonded together to transform the hospital to be prepared for any contingency arising from the pandemic, including establishing a COVID-19 testing clinic.

Staff underwent additional training to apprise themselves of the challenges that would accompany presentations of the virus.

Staff members have worked longer hours than usual during this period.

Mike McRae and Phil Goode - Presiding Member Chairperson, Southern Fleurieu Health Advisory Council Victor Harbor Private Hospital.