Dr David Fluck
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!
For this week's update, we are continuing to see a shift in the patients we are treating. Our ward based and critical care COVID patients are reducing further. We currently have 40 COVID positive patients, plus another 17 in critical care and a further 41 patients suspected COVID awaiting results. Over the past week we have also treated and discharged a further 96 inpatients with confirmed COVID - testament to the fantastic care being delivered by Team ASPH.
Our A&E activity is still rising with non-COVID related attendances despite this A&E performance is still above 95%, which is great work from the A&E team but also all the teams working in support of the emergency care pathway. We have been carrying out further ward moves to accommodate these patients and to maintain social distancing to keep patients safe. Cherry and Maple are now non-COVID wards and the COVID patients who were on those wards have now been moved to Cedar.
Following the national directive as we move into the second phase of the NHS response to COVID-19. We are now mobilising part of our restoration and recovery plans, in partnership with the wider Surrey Heartlands health and social care system. This first step will be returning services to practice and accepting referrals again, whilst still trying to maintain reduced footfall at St Peter's as our main COVID site. So the priority for turning elective work back on is to use Ashford, increase virtual clinics and consider community options.
More information around this and our recovery and restoration strategy will be communicated in due course. Of course at the heart of all of this work is Team ASPH and our main priority continues to be your safety and wellbeing. To that effect, we are continuing to produce resources to support colleagues.
As always, my ongoing thanks and appreciation for all you are doing. Please continue to look after yourselves, your family and each other.