May 29, 2020

Nurses call for calm & respect during COVID-19 investigations

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) has called on all Queenslanders to remain calm and respectful while important investigations into Central Queensland COVID-19 infections are carried out.

QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said separate investigations were underway into the death of Blackwater man Nathan Turner and a nurse who returned a positive COVID-19 test while working at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre.

Ms Mohle said unsubstantiated claims or comments made publicly by organisations or individuals were unnecessary, unhelpful and potentially harmful.

She said her thoughts were with Mr Turner’s fiancée, friends, family and all involved. She urged anyone experiencing stress or anxiety linked to Mr Turner’s death or the investigations in both Blackwater or Rockhampton to seek assistance.

Any nurses, midwives or aged care staff who are members of the QNMU and are requiring assistance could contact the QNMU free of charge on 1800 177 273 and free counselling was available for Queensland Health staff and their families 24/7.

“The thoughts of Queensland nurses, midwives and aged care staff are with Mr Turner’s family and the people of Blackwater,’’ Ms Mohle said.

“We are also thinking of those impacted in Rockhampton, we know these are incredibly stressful times and we are providing assistance to members in both Rockhampton and Blackwater.

“We ask that while these two important investigations are underway, into the positive test returned in Rockhampton and the coronial investigation into Mr Turner’s death, that all Queenslanders, both individuals and organisations, refrain from making any further comments that could jeopardise the outcome of these two vitally important investigations.

“Making public comment, including unsubstantiated claims, at this time is in no way helpful and could potentially be extremely harmful and hurtful.’’

Ms Mohle said a fever clinic had been set up in Blackwater and she urged all residents to seek testing and support. She also urged all Queenslanders feeling unwell to stay home.

Image: frankiefotografie, iStock.

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