July 13, 2020

Welcome Queensland nurses

Twenty-seven Queensland Health nurses have come to Melbourne to help out with the virus outbreak.

Expressions of interest were sent out to nurses in the Sunshine State on whether they would like to be deployed to Melbourne to help with the COVID-19 response.

“From the twenty-seven nurses, Northern Health now has nine nurses, who are at this stage assisting with our offsite COVID-19 testing and screening. The team are from six different health services in Queensland and have started working with us in our testing clinics located at Northern Hospital Epping, Meadow Heights and Oak Park,” explained Roslyn Payne, Director of Nursing and Midwifery.

The nurses started helping out at Northern on 6 July and will be with us for a month.

“Our team is very grateful for the help we have and the additional resources. They have quickly adapted and have become part of the team, as the whole Fever Clinic team works really well together,” Roslyn added.

Two Queensland nurses (pictured above) were helping out at Northern Hospital’s Fever Clinic on Thursday afternoon.

Danilo Derain, a recent graduate nurse from Queensland, said he was happy to come and help out, even though it meant swapping sunshine for winter chills.

“The opportunity doesn’t knock on your door twice, and this is a good opportunity,” he said.

Unsurprisingly, Danilo finds Melbourne cold and adds – “I even have to wear socks here!”

Roslyn Payne (left) with a group of Queensland nurses

Featured image (left to right): Danilo Derain and his colleague, Jordan Soueidan