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WASH YOUR HANDS LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
At Prospect Farm we are well aware of the essential link that exists between families and their loved ones who live with us. “Wellbeing & Peace of Mind” is our motto and standard that we live by – for participants, families and staff.
The federal government’s advice on travel and isolation (Linked here) are as follows:
Stay at home unless you are:
Going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)
- Work and education for many participants has ceased for now
Shopping for essential supplies such as groceries, return home without delay
- We have arranged for grocery drop-offs rather than risk exposure of participants to shopping
Going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other
- We still go out regularly for activities in parks etc although these have changed as a result of what the government wants all Australians to do in this regard – our participants are no exception whether they are home or with family.
Attending medical appointments and compassionate visits
- We ask that visits occur outside the actual home, whether on the verandah, patio, grass etc. Visitors must practice physical distancing – that means no hugs, kisses or closeness – harsh but that is what we should ALL be doing at the present to protect each other.
Our preparations regarding
Physical Distancing & Hygiene
Prospect Farm has pre-COVID-19 stocks of gloves (15,000+ pairs), masks (1,000+) and hand sanitiser (100 litres) that will last for up to 6 months without replenishing. We have a stockpile on hand of these items constantly for just such a situation as we find ourselves in at the moment. In fact we are now manufacturing our own sanitiser and masks.
Both my wife, Dr Erin O’Neill, and myself are scientists by training – Erin was previously lecturer in virology at Newcastle University – and we are acutely aware of the precautions necessary to minimise the possibility of viral infection.
Consequently all our staff are thoroughly trained and constantly prompted to:
- Exercise physical distancing with participants,
- Wear a mask and gloves when working closely (<2 metres),
- Clean hands frequently,
- Disinfect all surfaces multiple times daily,
- Record participant temperatures and their own temperatures twice daily to detect fever and assess for symptoms of cough and sore throat.
These are tough times and the government’s mandated restrictions are, according to the Prime Minister, likely to remain in place for many months.
Dr Richard Brown & Dr Erin O’Neill
Prospect Farm, April 2020
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