Nurses from Sydney Adventist Hospital have been playing a vital role supporting the COVID-19 response efforts in New South Wales.
Fifty-six registered and enrolled nurses have been serving at the NSW Health vaccination hubs at Qudos Bank Arena and Sydney Olympic Park, administering vaccinations over a four-week period.
Three of the San’s nurses have also been helping other hospitals that have needed extra support at this time. Among them is Tim Williams, who has just returned from serving at Bourke District Hospital in the state’s north-west, about 750km from home.
Mr Williams said when the opportunity came up, he thought to himself “why not!” and was keen for a new experience. And it was quite a different experience to what he is used to: while the San has more than 700 beds, the hospital at Bourke holds just 30 beds.
Mr Williams described his first few days at Bourke as pretty hectic. “All the staff have been very welcoming. They’re all really lovely,” he said at the time.
Mr Williams also spent several weeks administering vaccinations at the Qudos Bank Arena vaccination hub with a group of other San nurses.
“The San is proud to have nursing staff so dedicated to helping their community,” a spokeswoman said.