QHC launches webpage for public support of hospital workers

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Quinte Health Care is encouraging people who want to support hospital workers to send messages through a new webpage and traditional mail.

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Current hospital restrictions mean it is difficult to support employees and doctors in person.

The Wall of Hope was created this month to support those providing services during the pandemic.

“After 2 years of COVID, our teams are now facing the 5th wave at a time when they are fatigued and dealing with unprecedented demand and province-wide staffing shortages,” reads on the page.

“As hospital staff continue to face new challenges, your messages of support and gratitude are needed more than ever.”

He asks citizens “to send hope, gratitude, care and support” to those “who work selflessly around the clock to provide care for our community, despite the risks due to the pandemic. “.

“It is inspiring to receive such heartfelt and creative messages from our communities for the Wall of Hope,” communications director Catherine Walker wrote via email on Wednesday.

“Yesterday we shared a post on social media submitted by a member of our community performing the song ‘Sacrifice’ on his flute in tribute to QHC healthcare workers,” she added.

During a media call last week, QHC President and CEO Stacey Daub said the hospitals were not only working beyond the regular capacity for which they are funded by the province: they were working well beyond their peak capabilities. She said this was due to several factors: more patients in general, more COVID-19 patients, and difficulties getting patients discharged due to restrictions at other facilities.

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“I was exceptionally impressed with our staff,” Daub said.

She spoke of the heavy workload, redeployments to other positions and staff shortages due to COVID-19 infection or other isolation requirements.

The effects and extra work aren’t limited to healthcare providers, Daub said. Porters, reception staff and others are also affected and take on more duties.

Daub said the four QHC hospitals are “overcapacity, just in different ways.”

Additional beds had been opened at Prince Edward County Memorial and North Hastings hospitals.

“If there’s one band that really needs a hero’s thanks, it’s Quinte 5.”

This inpatient unit at Belleville General Hospital is where all patients with COVID-19 receive care, unless they are in intensive care.

“Quinte 5 deserves a huge, huge round of thanks from our entire community over the past two years. And they are a remarkable group. And they are tired.

Daub also said Vice President Jeff Hohenkerk, while not the only person doing an “exemplary” job, answered the phone in the emergency department and performed various tasks, including helping find a farmer. to care for a patient’s animals. She said Hohenkerk’s actions were inspired by the efforts of hospital teams.

The Wall of Hope web address is https://www.qhc.on.ca/wall-of-hope.php.

Maps, notes, images and video links (posted on YouTube or Vimeo) can also be emailed to [email protected]. They will be added to the webpage.

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They can also be mailed to Quinte Health Care, 265 Dundas St. E., Belleville, Ont., K8N 5A9, Attention: Communications Department.

People who wish to make additional gestures, such as food donations, etc., or wish to thank specific individuals or groups, can donate to the following charities and their campaigns:

There are some restrictions on the types of donations; check before finalizing the plans.

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