Frontline nurses and medical staff at Logan and Redland hospitals have expressed anger and disappointment after being excluded from the crucial decision to be banned.
Logan’s hospital staff told Quest that they had not been informed of the lockdown prior to arriving at 8 a.m.
Many said they didn’t hear about the strict new measures due to go into effect tonight until after a public broadcast at 8 a.m. and after they got to work.
The nurses said they were concerned about the lack of information being relayed to frontline staff, exposed to hundreds of disgruntled patients coming for treatment and others who canceled appointments.
Logan was on the forefront this week when traces of COVID were found in sewage at Loganholme.
« The government needs to make sure there are enough front-line workers to handle this hospital lockdown before they make these announcements, » said a Metro South nurse, who refused to be named.
« So the lockdown began in Victoria and the nurses there were told it would be three days, but then it became weeks. »
The management of the hospitals in Logan and Redland, as well as in other areas of Metro South, told employees that they could expect massive increases in patient numbers in outpatient and emergency rooms.
A number of key hospital areas have struggled to cope with the influx of patient inquiries following the announcement of the lockdown.
Metro South Hospital executives issued an email and bulletins to staff after 10 am asking them to expect another « challenging » weekend.
Switches in all major Metro South hospitals lit up all morning, and staff called to see if appointments and surgeries had been canceled and asked where they should be tested.
The Logan Hospital test clinic is currently open seven days a week at the usual hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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