It is a hard job with long hours on the frontline of health at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic, and the call is going out to local Lismore food businesses to help provide food for health workers.
The Lismore Base Hospital cafeterias is no reduced hours in response to reduced visiting hours but hospital workers still need to be fed. They are looking to local food businesses who can deliver to the hospital to keep them fed.
‘There is an opportunity for local businesses who are able to deliver to the hospital to provide meals and snacks to workers during the evening. This is a great way for local cafes and restaurants to support hospital workers, and for hospital workers to support local businesses,’ said Gerard Hayes, Health Services Union (HSU) secretary.
‘Our members not only work in the community they live in the community and they want to spend money with local businesses who are doing it tough.’
State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin MP said the Lismore community had experienced incredible challenges over recent years.
‘One thing about our community is that we stick together and support each other,’ Ms Saffin said.
‘The kitchen staff and cafeteria staff at the Lismore Base Hospital have been doing an outstanding job through this crisis. Given the reduced visiting hours, it’s understandable that the cafeteria is closing earlier.
‘Spending money with local cafes and restaurants is one way we can help keep the doors of those businesses open, and keep people in jobs.’
Ms Saffin said local restaurant The Flavour of India was already delivering meals to the hospital on a regular basis, and delivered free entrees and mains for up to 30 people to the hospital on Wednesday night as a thank you gesture to workers.
Cafes and restaurants who are interested in delivering to hospital workers can email copies of their menus to Ms Saffin’s office at [email protected] . The HSU will then distribute the menus to members at Lismore Base Hospital, and place them on staff noticeboards at the hospital.