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We stand ready to care for Victorians. Stand with us.

We stand ready to care for Victorians. Stand with us.

As The Alfred prepares to treat unprecedented numbers of patients, we are asking for your support to help strengthen our response to COVID-19.

Here at The Alfred, critical care never stops. We are here for the community as always, steady and prepared, ensuring we continue to provide the same level of expert care for all of those who need it. 

We have comprehensive action plans and protocols in place for public health emergencies just like this and we are ready to detect, protect, and respond as demand for critical services grows.

But we need your support. We ask that you stand with us in caring for our community and make a donation to support our work. 

Your donation today will be used to address critical needs as they arise. We know there are additional things we will require over the coming weeks and months as this crisis unfolds and your support now will ensure we can fund these as soon as we need them.

Our ability to stand ready to care for Victorians is in part due to the incredible generosity of the community. In recent years, donations have supported the redevelopment of our Emergency and Trauma Centre, Intensive Care Unit, and accelerated medical research and the acquisition of lifesaving equipment. 

Your donations will fund critical areas of the hospital as needs are identified. We will rely on our highly skilled medical and research staff to notify us of what their needs are as this situation unfolds. This is likely to include support to strengthen our care for our most vulnerable and critically ill patients, including services in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Our ICU currently cares for the most complex patients in Australia and with 3,000 admissions each year, it is also one of the busiest. 

The Alfred also provides state-wide services to many immunocompromised and critically unwell people who are likely to be susceptible to COVID-19 complications. These include respiratory services, heart and lung transplant, HIV, malignant haematology and stem cell transplantation and Adult Cystic Fibrosis services. 

We know these are uncertain times for people, but if you do have capacity to 

make a donation to support our work right now

it would be enormously appreciated.


“It is because of the generous support of donors like you that The Alfred stands ready and equipped to respond to the current situation.

Your donations have funded numerous expansions and developments across the hospital over recent years, only strengthening our position and ability to expertly deliver the critical care that we are here to provide.” 

- Intensive Care Nurse Unit Manager, Sharon Hade
 

How you can stand with us 

 

We are asking people to do 3 key things to

Stand With Us:

 

Support our work

You can make a donation by going to our dedicated appeal page: www.alfredappeal.org.au

 

Stop the spread 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. DRY with paper towel or hand dryer 
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before eating 
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and dispose of the tissue into a bin immediately. Use your elbow (not your hands) if tissues are unavailable. Wash your hands afterwards. 
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are unwell. 
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible. 
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 
  • Strictly follow social distancing rules.
  • See your doctor if you have concerns about your health.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest government advice

 

Help your community 

We understand this is a time of uncertainty for people. First and foremost please take care of yourselves and your family’s health and wellbeing. Our sense of community has never been more important. We must stand together to support each other, especially elderly and vulnerable people within our community. It is easy to panic but if we choose to support and look out for each other we will be a stronger community for it.


Some things you can do: 

  • If you are well and have more than enough supplies, please consider offering them to the elderly and more vulnerable who may have struggled to get them, or are now self-isolating (just make sure to clean them and keep a distance when delivering). 
  • Use phone calls or online chats to regularly check-in on elderly or vulnerable friends and family. Report any serious deterioration in health. 
  • Consider playing online games (like Scrabble) with people who are having to self-isolate. It’s a great way to maintain contact and keep spirits up. 
  • Most of all – be kind and considerate in your actions and encourage others to be as well. Positivity and kindness are also infectious.