Easter Bunny confirmed as essential worker, brings chocolate to Western Sydney hospitals

Westmead Hospital COVID-19 clinic nurse Selena Pan helped ensure the Easter Bunny was wearing personal protective equipment.

Easter is looking different for everybody this year but times haven’t changed for essential workers, including doctors, nurses and the Easter Bunny.

Thanks to the generosity of Lindt and Darrell Lea, our seasonal friend hopped through Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) hospitals this week delivering joy to hard-working staff.

Blacktown Hospital staff show off their Lindt chocolate haul.

While everyone’s favourite rabbit was cleared for travel by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, people are reminded to stay home this long weekend in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Westmead Hospital staff including junior doctor Madeleine Fitzpatrick and emergency physician Kavita Varshney have been on air this week encouraging people to stay home.

“Traditionally this time of year is spent with friends and family, but this holiday season please don’t celebrate together, and help us save lives,” Madeleine said.

“Try phoning each other, holding a group video call and using social media instead of visiting in person. You’ll be protecting your friends and family from COVID-19.”

Professor Vicki Flood (left) will be spending Easter with her husband and their teenage daughter, and catching up with the rest of the family online.

WSLHD Professor of Allied Health Vicki Flood is one staff member who is using modern technology to stay connected to her family and church community for Easter.

Her local church, Toongabbie Anglican, continues to broadcast its regular services online, and Vicki is hoping to keep her family’s Easter tradition of board games happening via video call.

“I can’t physically be with my mother or my adult sons but it’s good to connect in other ways. I’m conscious that holidays could be a particularly lonely time for those who are isolated,” Vicki said.

“Easter is a good opportunity to take a break, have some reflection time with your family, and connect in different ways. Stay safe and physically distant, but not socially distant.”