Health chiefs across the North East and North Cumbria are warning local communities to remain vigilant and #doyourbit to prevent lockdowns and protect each other from coronavirus.
Senior health care leaders from the Tees Valley and County Durham have come together in creating a video message to let the public know that their hospitals are still open, and people should not ignore crucial life limiting symptoms.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is setting up mask and information stations at its main hospital entrances to provide support to patients and visitors. In line with national guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus, face coverings must be worn by all patients and visitors entering hospitals or health services from Monday 15 June.
The Governing Body of North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group has made a decision on the future of urgent and emergency care at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. Following a temporary closure of the accident and emergency department in March 2019 due to there being insufficient staffing to deliver a safe service to patients, the CCG opened a formal consultation with the local population on 13 September 2019.
More than 130 people have volunteered to help South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during the coronavirus pandemic. The volunteers, who signed up through the trust’s therapeutic support programme, have been providing valuable support to patients and staff across the trust’s sites as well as promoting positive engagement and contributing to a positive hospital experience for everyone.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reminding people that the NHS is still here for them and not to delay treatment if they really need it. As the trust steps up its plans to tackle coronavirus, it is also encouraging patients with urgent non-COVID conditions not to delay in seeking medical help.
Staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been overwhelmed by the amazing support they have received from the community throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As the trust steps up plans to cope with more patients requiring hospital admission and respiratory support, teams have taken delivery of everything from towers of takeaway pizza and boxes of chocolates to supplies of essentials such as shower gel and underwear.