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COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Medical Director

 

The Trust joined in with the national one minute silence on Tuesday, to honour the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19, which coincided with International Workers' Memorial Day.

We held our own very moving act of remembrance led by our Chaplain Laurence. As you will all be aware that sadly we have lost three colleagues at ASPH to COVID, midwife Jane Pickett, porter Bernard Green and ex-colleague John Barr. Our thoughts are with their families and friends and we continue to support colleagues during this time. We are also looking to install a permanent memorial to remember those colleagues we've lost in due course.

As I mentioned in my last message, this week I wanted to take a moment to reflect on how much we've accomplished in such a short period of time in response to the pandemic, which is both inspirational and humbling. Below are just some of the highlights Team ASPH have achieved together - which will hopefully give an insight into the tremendous amount of transformational work completed - which really is outstanding, and I hope you are all as proud of this as I am!

 

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COVID-19: Command and Control

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

As explained in James' message on Monday we have implemented a formal command and control structure to manage our response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The Gold meeting will take place every Tuesday morning, attended by the executive team, divisional directors and lead for emergency preparedness and resilience. After each of these meetings and having reviewed all the various information streams I will share the top three priorities that the leadership are going to focus on over the coming week.

This week they are:

 

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COVID-19: Our Response and New Measures

James A Thomas

James A Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

 

I wanted to use this week's message to provide you with an update on the evolving COVID-19 situation and provide information about the measures we are taking. As we are now treating patients with confirmed COVID-19 in the Trust we are increasing our response.

I know you will feel concerned for yourself and your families and that is something we all share.

However, as expressed in Suzanne's message last week it's really important that we stay calm and do not encourage unnecessary fear and panic.

Caring for patients who are unwell, often with infectious disease, is what we do every day.

We have the skills, knowledge and support to do the right thing and if we remain calm and approach each patient as we would normally we will get through this challenging time.

 

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Getting ready for COVID-19

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Hello and welcome to this week's message. I wanted to update you on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which as you know is a frequently changing situation.

Firstly and very importantly, I'd like to say thank you to all colleagues who have been working incredibly hard with the extra work load COVID-19 testing brings. I know this is an additional challenge on top of an already-challenging time of year, particularly for colleagues in A&E, infection control and pathology. However, as always, Team ASPH is rising to that challenge and going above and beyond for the benefit of patients.

The national response is being led by NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care. They are monitoring the situation closely and cascading information and guidance throughout the NHS as it becomes available. The executive and senior management team are closely linked in with the national teams to ensure we are up-to-date and following the correct protocols to minimise risk to patients and the team.

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Chief Executive's Message

On a regular basis, our Chief Executive sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.