Three cheers for the legends keeping our hospitals squeaky clean

The unsung heroes on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, working day and night to keep our district spick and span, are the Domestic Services gods and goddesses across South Eastern Sydney Local Health District hospitals. 

Meticulous cleaning measures have been put in place over the past few months to control the spread of the virus and maintain a safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors and additional staff have been employed to keep up with the demand.

In response to the pandemic, all high-touch areas such as light switches, phones, hand rails, lift buttons, door handles and chair arm rests are carefully cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis and on a strict schedule to ensure surfaces are spotless. 

Patricia Orr, Domestic Services Manager, leads a highly skilled team of cleaners at the Royal Hospital for Women and is incredibly proud of their efforts.

“My team have really stepped up. They’re working together and helping each other with the workload. They’re a pretty special bunch.”

“The hospital is pristine, and this is a testament to their hard work. We’ve received plenty of compliments from our colleagues about how immaculate the place is looking which means a lot – we take a lot of pride in what we do,” Ms Orr said.

There’s one thing you can do for Patricia Orr and her devoted team, for all that they do for us. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Lives depend on it.

Pictured: Paul Finn & Stephen Swanson from the Royal Hospital for Women’s Domestic Services team.

Paul Finn & Stephen Swanson from the Royal Hospital for Women’s Domestic Services team standing outside the hospital