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Sixteen nurses from across our teams, including Starship Children’s Health, Starship Community, The Pacific Health Team, and Greenlane Eye Clinic are now working with Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) on the COVID-19 outbreak response.
As contact tracers, they interview people who have tested positive for COVID-19 on their movements. From this, they identify people’s close contacts who need to be in self-isolation and get tested. The nurses also undertake symptom checking and call close contacts to make sure they are well, staying home and getting tested.
“Working with each case and their whānau is the time when I use my nursing experience the most,” says Candice Roth, who joined ARPHS’s surge staff from Starship Community.
“Being there right from the start and helping the person get their head around the news they have COVID-19 can be challenging sometimes,” she says. “So much care goes into providing manaaki and support to the case and their household - that’s probably the most rewarding work of all.”
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