COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATE 29.06.2020

The Foundation re-commenced its FREE Transport service on the 15th June 2020 with limited services available. We are now in a position to advise that all services including visits to Local GP’s Specialist , rehabilitation and Physio facilities are now available also.

Trips are still only available for current clients with new clients accepted and accessed as of the 13th July 2020.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their support, understanding and patience during this difficult time and whilst we are still officially in a pandemic and need to be careful we hope to continue to provide the service without any further interruptions.

As I have always mentioned the health & safety of all our Volunteers & Patients will continue to be our No 1 Priority and any changes by Federal & State Governments to COVID -19 Protocols & restrictions will be strictly adhered to.

UPDATE 19.06.2020

The Foundations Patient Transport Service re-commenced on Monday the 15th June 2020 after a forced suspension 3 months ago due to the Coronavirus.

Strict COVID-19 Protocols apply including the taking of Client Temperature’s and the wearing of masks.

Whilst initially all Trips were confined to Hospital Visits and Cancer Treatments I am pleased to advise that of Monday the 22nd of June 2020 all bookings for all services including rehab, specialists and Local GP appointments will  once again be taken for appointments beginning the 29th June 2020. However this will only be for current clients with new client referrals not available until the 13th July 2020. Refer website for the completion of online Referral forms.

Please note office hours for bookings are Monday- Wednesday & Friday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. NO bookings will be taken outside of those days or hours.

The Foundations is pleased and excited to re-commence its unique FREE Patient Transport service bearing in the mind the importance of maintaining and adhering to the strict COVID-19 protocols implemented as we continue to navigate through the uncertainty of this worldwide pandemic.

Please note the above timetable is subject to change depending on advice from the Health authorities and any changes to COVID -19 isolation restrictions by the Federal & NSW State Governments.

UPDATE 25.05.2020

I am pleased to advise that after the recent announcements by the Federal & NSW State Governments on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions the Foundation is now in a position to provide the following information and timetable on the recommencement of its FREE Patient Transport service.

STAGE 1

1st June 2020 – Bookings to be received and taken.

– Ph.: 1300 747 763 – (10.00am – 3.00pm – Monday, Wednesday & Friday only)

– Current Registered clients only.

– Hospital & Cancer Treatment visits only

15th June 2020 – FREE Patient Transport service to officially begin

STAGE 2

1st of July 2020 – New Client applications available on website.

– Ph.: 1300 747 763 – (10.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Friday)

– All Current & New Clients

– Including to Non-hospital GP’s, Specialist , Rehab/Physio & visits to Community Health centres

13th July 2020 – Full FREE Transport service to recommence

I would like to once again thank all our Clients for your patience & understanding during this difficult period but as mentioned a number of times previously the well-being and safety of everyone concerned in particular our Volunteers was and continues to be our No 1 priority.

Please note the above timetable is subject to change depending on advice from the Health authorities and any changes to COVID -19 isolation restrictions by the Federal & NSW State Governments.

UPDATE 08.05.2020

The Federal Government today announced a Roadmap to a COVIDSAFE Australia.

It is in the form of a 3 step approach with each new step being reviewed every 3 weeks.

Step 1 as the following:

– Up to 5 Visitors to your home.
– Gatherings of up to 10 people outside of your home.

– Work from home if possible encouraged.
– Libraries, Community Centres, playgrounds and boot camps to open.

Australians can do more:

– Shopping
– Restaurants & Cafes
– Local and regional travel

The Foundation continues to monitor the announcements made by the Government and Health Regulators and hopes to be in a position to re-open its FREE Patient Transport service in the early weeks of June albeit in a reduced capacity.

The Foundation however will continue to take a more conservative & compassionate approach especially in regards to the safety of our elderly who represent the majority of our Volunteers and clients. They continue to be advised that they should stay home where possible.

Please continue to refer to the website for further updates.

Nevertheless as always please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below if you have any questions or wish to discuss further.

Vincent DelZio
Chief Executive Officer

vdelzio@sirroden.org.au

Ph: 02 8765 8661
M: 0411 644 530

UPDATE 01.05.2020

The Foundation FREE transport service continues to remain suspended until further notice.

Today the Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the National Cabinet has decided to bring forward its consideration of the easing of restrictions to next Friday the 8th May 2020. Whilst this is a positive step the details of what restrictions will or will not be lifted will be crucial to the Foundations decision to when it can re-commence its service once again.

As mentioned previously the health of our Volunteers and Clients are our No 1 priority and whatever decision is made will be made with their safety paramount in our minds and because of the type of service we provide more on the cautious and conservative side.  Nevertheless our existing clients will be the first to know.

In the meantime the Foundation is continuing its great work in the community with its Buddy Program with over 500 calls made to clients over the past 4 weeks culminating in the donation of Woolworths Basic grocery boxes to those in most need.

A further update will be provided in the following weeks. Please keep safe.

UPDATE 16.04.2020

The Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation continues to navigate through the Coronavirus crisis as best as possible with Government Health protocols continuing to be strictly adhered to with the Foundations fleet of Vehicles still unfortunately grounded during this unprecedented pandemic.

In the meantime the Foundation continues to be active within the community and as introduced the “Buddy Program” initiative where our participating Volunteers contact people who are isolated, alone and without support each week offering a friendly voice and to see how they are and whether they have any specific needs such as Groceries shopping and/or Medical supplies. Over 170 grateful people were contacted last week. Please see below some great feedback about the program from those people contacted.

Feedback (Buddy Program)

“Larna was very happy to hear from the Foundation. She would appreciate regular weekly contact. On Thursday 2nd April, I did some grocery and household goods shopping for Larna, in and around the Leichhardt / Drummoyne area”

 “Michelle was very appreciative of the call. Most of her relatives are situated in Europe. Her main issues involve grocery supplies, consultations with her doctor and laundry services. She would appreciate regular weekly contact”

 “She is living by herself but the son is visiting once or twice a week. She was running low on food but was taking the Community bus to Strathfield plaza.  She was over the moon that we thought of her and thanked us.  I left her my phone number just in case her son is not available”

 “Has very low immune system so had to cancel disability workers that come to her. Emergency contact is her daughter. For now, okay re groceries, medical etc. happy to receive call and for me to keep in touch, but has difficulty talking as she also has respiratory problems. I’ll be keeping a close eye on Anna, and calling every few days”

 “Tina called after visiting the doctor & shops.  She has no family or friends to help her.  Her carer went home to China & is unable to return because of Australia’s ban of all foreigners.  She has an injection weekly and has Warwick or Kim able to take her to doctors & shops.  In case of an emergency she will call 000.  She would like weekly call in the morning on Wednesday or Fridays”

The Foundation will continue to monitor Government Health restrictions with a view of introducing the FREE Patient Transport program as soon as possible but in the meantime please be free to contact me personally on 1300 747 763 or by email vdelzio@sirroden.org.au if you have any questions.

Kind regards & please keep safe.

UPDATE 09.03.2020

The Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation has been closely monitoring guidance issued from the Australian Government Department of Health and other local health authorities. The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly developing situation, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

As you are aware, the Federal and State Governments are preparing for the spread of the Coronavirus amongst the general Australian population. The commitment of the $15billion as an economic stimulus package and $2.4 billion in additional medical services gives clear insight into the advice government is receiving about the likely spread of the virus in Australia and internationally and its impact on the economy and the health of Australians.

The Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says up to 1.6million could be hit by the first wave of a state-wide coronavirus outbreak, which could last up to 22 weeks.

For this reason, the Board of the foundation and I have discussed how these developments may impact on the foundations ‘Patient Transport Service’ in coming months, and our responsibility to protect the welfare of staff, volunteers and clients.

We are therefore announcing today that the Foundations ‘Patient Transport Service’ has been reluctantly suspended until further notice. This is a tough decision however we must face the reality of the situation and we must act now.

First and Foremost, our staff, volunteers and client’s health and welfare are the most important in this rapidly changing situation. We will continue to provide regular updates on any changes on our website.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact me on the following details

Vincent Del Zio
Chief Executive Officer

vdelzio@sirroden.org.au
Ph: 02 8765 8661
M: 0411 644 530