Be it working in segregated teams, lunching alone, or embracing technology to stay socially connected while being physically apart, NHCS takes safe-distancing seriously. Pictured on the left is Medical Director, Prof Terrance Chua taking to Zoom like fish to water, and yes, having lunch alone while at it.
By now, you would have heard the buzz word ‘safe-distancing’.
So why is safe-distancing important? A safe distance between people at the workplace, in particular our healthcare environment, can:
Echoing the Government’s announcement on the implementation of safe distancing measures, the SingHealth Distancing Workgroup (comprises representatives from all SingHealth institutions) has established the following safe distancing principles and guidelines:
It is important that all safe-distancing measures be observed together with good hand hygiene practice. What all these mean is that each of us has to be socially responsible at all times, be it at work or after office hours, and even during meal times.
Correspondingly, NHCS has implemented additional measures in our public and staff spaces. All tables and chairs are now at least a metre apart. Queue areas have also been demarcated with coloured tapes.
Safe-distancing measures have been implemented at both the public (top) and staff (bottom) areas to keep our patients, visitors and fellow colleagues safe. “While our healthcare capacity is equipped to handle the pandemic, a continuing rising trend in infections will only add burden to our frontline colleagues who are already working round the clock,” said Medical Director, Prof Terrance Chua. “It is imperative that every single staff adheres strictly to safe-distancing measures because all it takes is one person or a seemingly harmless scenario to take down weeks of defence that has been painstakingly built.”
To ensure staff have sufficient space to rest and have their meals, colleagues at the Operating Theatre cleverly converted an unused room into a temporary pantry.
Nurses from the Cardiac Clinic in high spirits while keeping to the one-metre rule.
Remember, distancing will break the chain of transmission only if each individual takes ownership of our health.
Let’s care for one another at a distance, for distance will make us stronger.
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