How is your local hospital trust preparing for a potential increase in COVID-19 cases?
With the Easter weekend approaching, the Chief Executive of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) is urging people to stay at home.
By keeping themselves safe and staying at home, the public can help to reduce pressures that local healthcare services such as Scunthorpe Hospital, are facing.
The trust themselves have already implemented a number of strategies in order to prepare for a potential increase by:
· Increasing capacity across its three hospitals (Scunthorpe General Hospital, Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital and Goole and District Hospital) by discharging patients who don’t need to be in hospital. They are also re-configuring wards so there are dedicated Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 areas, and are postponing non-urgent appointments and holding appointments via telephone or video consultation where possible.
· Ensuring enough staff are available to work: staff testing began last week run by the Trust’s community services and Scunthorpe laboratory. Those staff at home self-isolating (and their families where relevant) are being prioritised so people can return to work. Some staff have cancelled their planned Easter leave, and retired and former health workers are returning to work
· Redeploying staff: non clinical staff are being redeployed to support frontline areas and clinical staff who are currently in non–frontline roles are receiving refresher sessions to make sure they are ready to return to the frontline. Clinical staff across all areas are being trained in critical care to support highly specialist areas
· Suspending visiting apart from in exceptional circumstances to reduce the risk to staff and patients
· Launching a Care for Each other campaign to support the mental health and wellbeing of staff during this stressful time.
We would like to thank all members and staff working in the trust for their constant hard work and dedication.