With the current flooding situation, we’re thinking of the Forbes community who are doing it tough right now. A special shout out to our resilient pathology staff at Forbes who are supporting their local communities and ensuring precious specimens reach our labs for testing.
Senior Supervising Scientist at NSW Health Pathology’s Forbes Lab Robyn Seberry said while Forbes Health Service (including the pathology lab) is high on a hill, it’s more like an island with so much surrounding water.
“It’s been challenging for patients and our couriers to access the health service, and our thoughts are with everyone who have been affected,” Robyn said.
“We’re sending a huge heartfelt thank you to our couriers who’ve been driving in very challenging circumstances over the past month.
“They’ve taken so many detours and discovered many back roads and safe passages to get around the flooded waterways. They’re an awesome crew and we are lucky to have them as part of our service.”
As well as our own couriers like Russell Platt (pictured), we also had to call on help from local emergency services.
Thank you to the Rural Fire Service and SES volunteers who came to our aid to ferry precious specimens from outlying hospitals across the water to our lab in Forbes, and also ensured we got our send away specimens out to other labs.
We’re so grateful to these teams for their support, which has allowed us to continue providing essential pathology services to our communities.
Robyn said Forbes is an incredible and resilient community who are rallying in very difficult times.
“It’s been inspiring to be part of such a caring and resilient team who are looking out for each other. The Forbes staff are all currently safe but we have family and friends that are impacted by this flooding and our thoughts are with our community as they begin the difficult task of cleaning up,” Robyn said.