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While the resilience of thousands of Townsville residents continues to inspire the nation, 10 individual nurses from Metro South Health have been welcomed as heroes at the local Hospital.
The highly-trained nurses from Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), QEII Hospital and Logan Hospital, arrived on Wednesday morning to relieve their dedicated Queensland colleagues who have been working around the clock since the flood waters hit.
PAH Associate Nurse Unit Manager and Townsville Relief Crew Team Leader Craig Sayed said they’d received countless pats on the back, hugs and messages of thanks, but it was the Townsville healthcare heroes who deserved all the praise.
“The hospital staff have been faced with many challenges this week, with many working longer hours and volunteering for extra shifts in order to ensure patients receive the care they need,” he said.
“Not a single person in the hospital hasn’t been affected personally by the floods, but they banded together to care for their community.
“It’s inspiring, and such a pleasure for us to be able to help them.”
Mr Sayed said the relief team were working in shifts throughout the hospital.
“Each shift, there’s three or four of us in different wards and areas,” he said.
“It’s good that we can spread our clinical skills, but also spread the emotional support we can provide.
“We went through the Brisbane Floods, so we know just how tough it is and we want to be a shoulder for our nursing colleagues to lean on.”
The 10 nurses are expected to spend between six and 10 days in Townsville, before returning home.