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27th January 2020 COVID-19

134 care hampers delivered to frontline health workers

134 care hampers delivered to frontline health workers

Saying thank you to health workers for their tireless efforts during coronavirus pandemic.

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is personally preparing and delivering 134 care hampers to frontline workers at SA Pathology and SA Health this week, as a thank you for their tireless efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hampers will reach nearly 2600 workers at 58 sites across Adelaide, including COVID-19 testing clinics and hospitals.

Briony Marshall, THRF Chief Operating Officer, said some of the baskets had been filled with items to specifically meet the needs of these workers, such as hand creams and lip balms, as well as treats donated by local businesses.

“The hardworking staff at SA Pathology and frontline doctors and nurses have gone above and beyond in these unprecedented times, working swiftly and professionally to keep South Australia safe,” Briony said.

“These hampers are a small gesture of appreciation for all they have done in the fight against coronavirus.”

SA Pathology has conducted more than 61,000 COVID-19 laboratory tests since the crisis began, ramping up its testing from 200 to 2000 a day.

“Constantly wearing masks and washing their hands has taken its toll on these workers’ skin so we have ensured they each get a hand cream and lip balm,” Briony said.

“We have also been extremely grateful for goods donated by Charlesworth, Bickford’s, Beerenberg, Nippy’s, Johnny’s Popcorn Delights, Baylies Epicurean Delights, Pure Origins, and Tony & Mark’s to make up the hampers.”

In addition to recognising workers dealing with COVID-19, hampers will also be delivered to midwives and nurses at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital to acknowledge International Midwives Day on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May.

“The Hospital Research Foundation is the charity for every South Australian and supporting our hospital and healthcare staff on the frontline is a critical part of our purpose,” Briony said.

“Day in and day out, these people deliver world-class care. We salute them and are here for them.”