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Crazysocks4docs day

Today is #crazysocks4docs day!  This day is all about raising awareness of the mental health of all doctors and health practitioners around the world.

On behalf of all the Eye and Ear patients and staff we would like to say thank you and please take care of yourself physically and mentally. You are hugely important to us, so stay safe and if you are struggling reach out, you are not alone.  

We are so proud of all of our doctors. As you can see from the photos below our ED doctor’s’ personalities are as colourful and varied as their socks! In this craziest of times, they were suddenly thrust into the front line which brought a range of emotions. ED Director Associate Professor Carmel Crock noted that in these difficult times acknowledging how we are feeling has been really important. “It’s been ok for us to say “I feel worried”, “I feel anxious” or “I’m not sleeping well”. What’s been really critical to the functioning of our team has been openness, kindness and acceptance. We are all deeply affected by what has been happening to patients and colleagues overseas, too. We all cope differently and it is important to acknowledge this and let it be.”

Carmel noted, it was impossible to physically distance when treating eyes, ears, nose and throats, and said that “in the early days of the pandemic it was as unnerving for us to treat patients as it was for patients to come in to be treated. We all quickly adapted to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to examine patients. Our patients were really accepting and I think very grateful of this rapid change in practice. ” 

The ED trialled a pandemic roster for doctors which saw the team split into teams of 6 doctors on 12 hour shift rotations. A positive side effect of working in these teams was the heightened sense of camaraderie and stability in an otherwise volatile and rapidly evolving environment. One thing that these reconfigured teams did not change was the awareness of the contributions of the broader ED team—the other doctors, the nurses, clerks and cleaners who are all responsible for making our ED run smoothly 24 hours a day .

“This has been an emotionally taxing time for all of us—our patients as well as all our staff. But by talking about our emotions, even the difficult ones like fear and sadness, by being accepting of each other and acknowledging when we are finding things difficult, we can support each other as a team to provide great care for our patients”. said Carmel.

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