NURSES who conducted rapid antigen tests at a recent trade exhibition have set up a company to provide similar services as organisers and delegates seek peace of mind as events gradually resume following two years of Covid lockdowns.
Jo Keough, who has three decades of experience as a registered nurse, leads Event Health Hub to operate at events of all types across Australia and New Zealand.
The team of clinically trained registered nurses manage Covid testing for arriving attendees by explaining the process, conducting the rapid antigen testing (RAT), checking results and issuing clearances where appropriate.
The system was successfully used at the Get Local Expo at ICC Sydney in February where all attendees were tested each day at the event entrance.
“It not only provides event planners with peace of mind but attendees as well and is the best way of ensuring people can come together safely for their important gatherings,” Keough said.
“In the event of a positive test result we are there to discuss options, the next steps and alleviate any uncertainty people may have.”
Event Health Hub can also arrange for a registered nurse to travel with groups and be a part of the on-site event team to ensure attendee health needs are met. Staff are also available at an Onsite Health Hub to assist individuals with discretion and compassion who have ongoing medical challenges and special needs.
The new service is based in Sydney and has trained staff all over Australia and New Zealand. Keogh has also assisted administering vaccines in remote New South Wales since early 2020 when the pandemic was confirmed.
Main image: Jo Keough, left, with nursing colleague John McKinnon