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The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is pleased to be supporting emergency department (ED) staff at the Lyell McEwin Hospital by providing healthy snacks and fruit on the go.

The ED Staff Re-Fuelling Trolley is a great way to help look after the health and wellbeing of busy ED staff who rarely have time to stop and eat. Until now, the initiative has been funded by kind donations from staff.

THRF is now supporting the Trolley following a promotion for our Workplace Giving program within the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

ED staff signed up to Workplace Giving in December and a submission was made to enter the draw to champion the initiative.

“We’re trying to promote healthy food and lifestyle and looking after each other,” Dr Leigh, ED  Head of Unit said.

“The staff need to feel cared for to be able to continue to provide a high level of care to patients.”

The trolley was first started as a wellbeing initiative by ED colleagues Andrea and Hannah to enable ED staff to grab something quickly to eat and then continue working.

“For The Hospital Research Foundation to now be funding this for us is actually a validation of the work that the staff do and the way they work really hard, putting themselves on the line for the community day after day,” said Dr Leigh.

“Staff wellness and their ability to serve the community is actually a really important factor in service delivery within NALHN. Having staff feel supported and refreshed and able to continue working through periods of very high demand is extremely important.”

On explaining why they chose to support THRF through Workplace Giving, Dr Leigh noted that people who work within the emergency department are very understanding of the importance of research.

“By supporting THRF, we support the research that promotes expansion of medical knowledge and exploration of the brave new therapies that could be developed as a result,” she said.

If you would like to learn more about our Workplace Giving Program click here or call (08) 8244 1100.