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Staying United in the Face of COVID-19
28 February 2020

The common saying “united we stand, divided we fall” rings especially true in times of crisis.

By Toh Wei Shi, HCA Community Relations

The evolving COVID-19 situation constantly presents fresh challenges for everyone involved. HCA is no exception, galvanising into action with new measures, in line with the Ministry of Health’s requirements.  

The measures are targeted at keeping patients, volunteers and staff safe, while ensuring that support for patients continues to be available.

The latest measures HCA implemented, after the DORSCON level was raised to orange, are based on the principle of maintaining all essential services and scaling back on the frequency of less-critical services, such as volunteering activities and visits by external groups.

Rest, Relate, Reflect

The COVID-19 situation has undoubtedly impacted everyone at HCA, with the suspension of events and segregation of work teams to ensure business continuity.

To boost team morale and relieve tensions, HCA has come up with a series of three care packages for all staff, containing little snacks and supplements, a personal message from CEO of HCA Hospice Care Ms Angeline Wee and care tips by Tan Ching Yee, HCA Head of Psychosocial Services. “In times of crisis, it is human to fear, but as professionals, we know what to do to keep ourselves safe, so others around us remain safe,” Ching Yee says.

Each of the weekly care packages follow a different theme, namely “Rest”, “Relate” and “Reflect”.

Tips to rest the mind and body after a hectic day at work.

A personal message from Angeline for all HCA staff.

Director of Nursing Angela Tan (right) receives a care pack from Angeline.

The Psychosocial Services team receives their care packs.