Westmead Association donates hundreds of personal scrubs to staff

Westmead Hospital junior medical officers Mina Kang and Liam Nelson check out the new scrubs.

The Westmead Association has generously donated 710 personal scrubs for staff across the hospital as an extra pandemic precaution.

The donation means more staff can access scrubs to wear in our hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Westmead Association vice president and emergency physician Dr Kavita Varshney thanked the Association for their donation.

“This is just one way that the hospital is looking after staff by taking every precaution necessary to keep people healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Kavita said.

Junior medical officer Dr Mina Kang is working in cardiology and has opted to wear scrubs during the pandemic.

“The ward and the hospital have been really proactive in protecting and supporting us,” Mina said.

“Cardiology is a big team but there’s a lot of unity and collegiality. I’ve felt really well supported.”

Westmead Hospital junior medical officers Liam Nelson and Mina Kang model the new scrubs.

Mina said COVID-19 has significantly changed her first year in full-time medicine as a postgraduate.

“A lot of our work now is preparing for an anticipated peak of presentations predicted to occur in the next few weeks. I am feeling the psychological impact of the uncertainty, but I’ve accepted the reality that we are living through a historic situation.

“I am honoured to be part of the medical response to COVID-19. Very few doctors in their lifetime would have a learning experience like this.”

Scrubs are not PPE. NSW Health has sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), which is centrally sourced and managed at Western Sydney Local Health District.

For more information about making a donation, please contact the Westmead Hospital Foundation, the Better Foundation, or email georgette.hanna@health.nsw.gov.au.