Covid-19: ‘We had been all able to put our hand as much as assist Auckland’ – Dunedin nurse

2021-09-03 00:06:29

A Dunedin nurse who’s leaving his household behind to assist with Auckland’s Covid-19 effort says he is doing it to maintain them – and the entire nation – protected.

Nurse Mike O'Brien is leaving his family in Dunedin to help with Auckland's Covid response

Nurse Mike O’Brien is leaving his household in Dunedin to assist with Auckland’s Covid response
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Mike O’Brien is one in all greater than 100 nurses who’ve answered the decision from Auckland’s district well being boards to assist as instances escalate placing stress on the hospitals.

As an an infection prevention and management specialist at Southern DHB, his job is to cease illnesses spreading in hospitals – and for the final 18 months he is been targeted on Covid.

There are just a few like him in each DHB so, with a lot Covid in Auckland, his expertise are wanted there.

He’ll miss his spouse and two younger kids however mentioned he did not hesitate when he noticed the decision for nurses.

“Loads of us had been able to go. We had been all able to put our hand as much as assist Auckland,” he mentioned.

If Covid-19 spreads past the town it may very well be devastating for everybody – together with his household, he mentioned.

“My kids can be weak, my mother and father are older and weak, so I am ready to do something I can to verify Delta would not get a maintain in New Zealand.”

Considered one of his roles can be to assist guarantee the brand new Covid areas being constructed are as much as scratch and as efficient as doable at stopping transmission.

Hospitals have been scrambling to construct extra unfavorable stress rooms, and different areas to take care of Covid-19 sufferers, with the present areas full.

And O’Brien will assist make sure that workers are utilizing the most secure procedures and have correct PPE.

The work is rewarding however he’s additionally feeling the stress with such excessive stakes.

“We’re working in healthcare services which can be past their use by date with an already stretched workforce so there’s a whole lot of room for error and we actually need to get it proper,” he mentioned.

Director-Normal of Well being Dr Ashley Bloomfield mentioned over 100 nurses are prepared to come back as much as assist in Auckland in areas from intensive care to managed isolation.

O’Brien mentioned there was nice camaraderie amongst nurses across the nation, particularly within the face of the Delta menace.

And he has been grateful to see New Zealanders getting behind the plan to drive it out.

“We have seen well being methods around the globe crumble underneath the burden of Covid-19 and we’re in a very distinctive state of affairs in New Zealand the place we will attempt to eradicate Delta. And, it’s price doing it for the sake of everybody.”

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