ED staff demand Premier fix Westmead Hospital issues

An open letter has been sent to the NSW Premier and the Health Minister calling for urgent action to address what clinicians have described as ‘chronic understaffing’ and ‘access block’ inside Westmead Hospital’s emergency department (ED). Signed by over 200 emergency department nurses, registrars, senior medical officers, administration, orderlies and security guards, the open letter […]

Heroic efforts of Lismore midwives’ honoured

The courage of two local midwives who bravely put mothers and babies’ lives before their own as a severe storm lashed Lismore Base Hospital almost six years ago, has been recognised in today’s Australian Bravery Decorations. When scaffolding collapsed onto a temporary maternity building in late November 2015, Leanne Chamberlain and Mary-Ann Hyde, leapt into […]

Eurobodalla Hospital confusion sparks call for urgent consultation

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on the Berejiklian Government and Southern NSW Local Health District to engage in a thorough consultation process about plans for the new Eurobodalla Hospital. Limited details about the future of Batemans Bay and Moruya Hospitals has prompted speculation over recent days, causing widespread anxiety and confusion […]

Blacktown nurses and midwives ordered back to work

After five hours of deliberations in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) last night, more than 150 nurses and midwives have been sent back to work inside Blacktown Hospital. Orders were served against the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and its members around 10.30pm for the strike action to end. Pushed to the brink […]

Staffing concerns widespread at Port Macquarie Base Hospital

Battling excessive workloads and chronic understaffing across multiple wards and theatres, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fear patient safety is being compromised at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Mid North Coast Local Health District will open extra beds inside a new ward from tomorrow (9 November) to accommodate increased activity, as elective […]

Mask mayhem putting life-saving nurses at risk

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has joined a chorus of health organisations demanding improved protocols and better Work Health and Safety standards for all health workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said despite a NSW Health issued ‘amber alert’ last month for public health workers to wear masks […]

Patient safety buckles inside Westmead’s busy ED

With Christmas and New Year festivities on the doorstep, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Westmead Hospital branch have raised grave fears for safe patient care inside their hospital’s overstretched emergency department. For months, Westmead Hospital’s emergency department has struggled under crippling admission rates, compounded by a compact layout, prompting increasingly unsafe […]

Patient safety fears inside Wyong Hospital ED

Nurses and midwives from Wyong Hospital will hold a lunchtime rally tomorrow to call for an urgent increase in emergency department nursing staff. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Wyong Hospital branch fear current staffing levels are inadequate to meet demand and are putting patients’ safety at risk. NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary, […]

Cumberland nurses raise patient safety fears over light rail corridor

Genuine fears for mental health patients at risk of walking in front of a passing tram is among the concerns raised by nursing staff at Cumberland Hospital, the largest acute mental health campus in Western Sydney, about to be cut in half by a new light rail corridor. Fed up with vague consultations regarding the […]

Community forum to discuss health in Tenterfield

Community members are being invited to attend a public forum tomorrow afternoon to discuss issues impacting Tenterfield Hospital, including ongoing unsafe staffing concerns. Tenterfield Shire Council confirmed the community forum would proceed after consulting with fire authorities on the nearby bushfires at Legume, Drake and Tabulam. Tenterfield Mayor Peter Petty and Lismore MP Janelle Saffin […]

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