With the pressure that’s already being placed on our hospital system in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare workers are facing the extra stress of their personal protective equipment being stolen from hospitals.

Andrea (whose name we’ve changed to protect anonymity) got in touch with Erin and Soda to make the plea with the South Aussie public to stop stealing from hospitals.

“This is not happening just at my hospital, it’s happening across hospitals all across the state, so I’ve got friends who work in rural hospitals, private hospitals and the public system and it’s happening across the board,” Andrea told Erin and Soda.

“Hand sanitiser, face masks, I know of people that are caught trying to steal our scrubs. Even our protective gowns are going missing.”

You can listen to the full chat with Andrea here:

But it’s not just a resourcing problem, Andrea has a grim warning about what could happen if people keep taking from our healthcare workers.

“If nurses and health workers don’t have their PPE, there will be no health workers. No health workers means more people are going to die from this. We really need to provide that home.”

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“We’ve already started hiding our equipment. It’s also causing extra time with our duties, because we’ve now had to move our masks and our sanitiser away from patients’ rooms means every time I need to go into a room to look after patients means I need to now go to the storeroom to get a mask, I need to wash my hands at the desk and this is actually taking me extra time.”

Quite simply, Andrea has one simple request for South Aussies: “Stop stealing our PPE, we need it. We need it to look after your families. We need it to look after people’s relatives, their parents, their friends. It’s as simple as that. If we don’t have it, we can’t do our jobs.”