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November 2021

Two women stood outside next to vaccination clinic sandwich board holding a voucher jpeg
East Grampians Health Service community COVID-19 vaccination clinic staff Lily Hitchcock and Jess Seres with vouchers from Skinco.

Community kindness in Ararat

East Grampians Health Service staff have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by the Ararat community, both during the most recent COVID-19 outbreak and throughout the past 18 months.

‘People across our region have shown what community really is,’ said EGHS interim chief executive officer Peter Armstrong.

‘They have come forward and shown kindness and compassion towards our staff during what has been a challenging time.

‘We are grateful for all the kind words, offers of support and gifts – such as much needed coffees – for our hardworking staff in the swab clinic and vaccination clinic over the past few weeks and also for the support of all our staff during the whole pandemic.’

Administration staff at the EGHS COVID-19 community clinic recently received a surprise when they were presented with pampering vouchers from the team at local skin care clinic Skinco.

Staff who conducted an onsite vaccination clinic at the local abattoirs, Ararat Meat Exports, received bottles of local wine.

‘Our administration staff do a wonderful job co-ordinating the COVID clinic, taking hundreds of phone calls a week and providing a friendly and reassuring first point of contact for our community members seeking vaccinations,’ Mr Armstrong said.

‘We have also received a couple of hundred dollars’ worth of coffees from the local Bendigo Bank, and an anonymous donor, for our swab clinic staff who worked across an entire weekend in freezing, wet conditions at our pop-up swab testing clinic at the local football oval, as well as a basket of food from local café Foragers.’