St John supports COVID-19 efforts

Helping the community: Dana Williams and Antoinette Dalla-Betta at the Casula Drive-Through COVID-19 testing clinic.

Helping the community: Dana Williams and Antoinette Dalla-Betta at the Casula Drive-Through COVID-19 testing clinic.

Spare a thought for the St John Ambulance members from the Fairfield Division who have been working hard to assist NSW Health cope with the record numbers of COVID-19 testing in south-west Sydney

The group have been providing medical and logistical assistance at several drive-through testing clinics including Fairfield West, Casula, Picton and Liverpool.

Superintendent Abnob Putros said the team was proud to support the wider community. "We had about five of us out at the Casula drive-through clinic last week covering the same shift to help support the local health district. It's important to us that we do our bit in what is a really challenging time for our community," he said.

Volunteer Dana Williams is studying to be a registered nurse and has been with St John Ambulance since November 2019. Her role at the clinic was to help register and record patient information, inform people on what the next steps are after they were tested and give them information on how to register to receive their results.

Martin Gaspari and Abnob Putros at the Fairfield West COVID-19 testing clinic. Full list of testing locations | health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx.

Martin Gaspari and Abnob Putros at the Fairfield West COVID-19 testing clinic. Full list of testing locations | health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx.

"I signed up because I wanted to help and it was an experience I don't think I'll forget," Ms Williams said.

St John Ambulance NSW CEO, Sarah Lance, said: "Our volunteers step forward when they're needed most. We know that the health system is under pressure during these times and we are proud to provide support in any way we can."