Kilmore celebrates its nurses

The Kilmore and District Hospital has celebrated the hard work of its nurses and midwives this month, during International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

With International Midwives Day on May 5 and International Nurses Day today, Tuesday, the hospital showed its appreciation for its nurses and midwives a bit differently while adhering to social distancing restrictions.

Bacon and egg breakfasts were given by chief executive Sue Race and director of clinical and aged care services Jen Gilham to nurses and midwives finishing night shift while morning and afternoon staff were treated to cake by the executive team.

All 223 of the hospital’s nursing and midwifery staff were given personalised thank you cards, including one hour of paid personal time.

The hospital’s nursing and midwifery staff provides patient care to aged care residents, theatre, maternity, inpatient and urgent care patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hospital showcased some of its wonderful team by posting profiles of nursing and midwifery staff to Facebook during the beginning of May.

The past few months have seen some changes in the way the hospital’s nurses and midwives have had to care for their patients and they have adapted to these changes and continued to provide exceptional care, understanding and support.

Ms Gilham said it was fantastic to be able to celebrate the hospital’s nurses and midwives.

“It’s great to lift their spirits and we’ve received messages and gifts from members of the community who have sent in cards and gift boxes to thank our nurses and midwives,” she said.

“It’s a really important time given the ever changing times of COVID-19 to be able to take a breath and celebrate all the great work our nurses and midwives are doing, have done and continue to do.

“They thought it was amazing, it put a big smile on their faces and were really impressed that the community also values what they do.”

“There are a lot of great staff that work in different areas and work really hard every day to take care of our community.”