The coronavirus pandemic restrictions have been tough on everyone, not least those on the frontline.
And staff at Heywood Rural Health have risen to the challenge.
Not only has the health service had to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak in the district, but it has also had to protect the safety of the aged care residents.
Meanwhile the community health has learned a new, virtual, way of working with patients.
HRH management has been keen to see staff recognised for their efforts and a series of ‘valued staff activities’ have been held during the past few months.
“We’ve done a lot of things to let our staff know we’re really looking after them,” said HRH workplace coach Lauren Newman.
“We want to make the workplace a fun place to come to and to maintain morale.
“It’s stressful and the residents are also stressed because they can’t see their loved ones and are worried about COVID.”
Some of the activities have previously been covered in the Heywood Herald, but others have included “Taco Tuesday”, “Hot Potato Wednesday”, staff barbecues and the #keep me safe event. In the latter all staff were presented with bags containing a mask, bag of lozenges and hand gel for use at home, as well as a note of thanks for their efforts when the ‘second wave’ started up.