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Registered nurse Mandy Rostron describes time working on coronavirus frontline as ‘the toughest of my life’

Mandy Rostron describes the past two months as the “toughest” of her life.

An intensive care nurse at Joondalup Health Campus, Ms Rostron has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, caring for ill passengers from cruise ships.

Her daily grind has involved 121/2-hour shifts in full protective gear and all the time facing the prospect she too could be infected with the killer virus.

Ms Rostron is one of more than 3700 nurses who have been nominated as a Healthcare Hero under a special initiative between Crown Perth and The West Australian to thank WA nurses for their extraordinary work. The $250,000 campaign will see 250 nurses offered a staycation at the five-star resort, including fine dining and pampering at Crown Perth’s luxury spa.

Joondalup Hospital nurse Mandy Rostron pictured here with her youngest daughter, Ash.
Camera IconJoondalup Hospital nurse Mandy Rostron pictured here with her youngest daughter, Ash. Credit: UNKNOWN/Supplied

Ms Rostron’s daughter Nicola — also a nurse at Joondalup — nominated her for the prize.

Mandy Rostron said: “We were one of the first hospitals to receive critically unwell patients. What we walked into is what you are seeing around the world in other ICUs. It’s very confronting and no matter how much you prepare when it is facing you the atmosphere is palpable. It has been frightening and it has been unbelievable really that something like this is happening around the world.”

Joondalup nurse Mandy Rostron.
Camera IconJoondalup nurse Mandy Rostron. Credit: unknown/supplied

Ms Rostron, who has worked in WA for 14 years and has a background in emergency nursing in the UK, said while the the past two months had been tough, she and her colleagues remained committed to helping those in need.

Nicola Rostron described her mum and all those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic as “heroic”.

To nominate a nurse, explain in 100 words or fewer why she or he deserves a luxury staycation at Crown Perth. Nominations can be entered at www.crownperth.com.au/healthcareheroes and close on Sunday May 31.

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