For the time being we will be unable to book new routine elective care appointments for patients living in Wales.
This situation will have no impact on patients who already have an appointment with us and it will not affect our urgent care services, including A&E. Any patient living in Wales who presents to A&E will be seen as normal.
The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
Susan Gilby will start in the role on 1 April, having been Acting Chief Executive at The Countess since October. Previously, Susan has worked as Medical Director at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wye Valley NHS Trust and as Associate Medical Director at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dementia Nurse Specialist Jenny Polvani-Jones is the latest Countess Gem winner after her compassionate, friendly and patient-centred approach was commended by colleagues.
Jenny, who joined the Trust in October 2017, has been based on wards 50 and 51 since July as part of a pilot for an integrated mental health specialist as part of the team.
Domestic Assistant Dillon Smith is the latest Countess Gem winner after his dedication and pride in keeping support offices clean was recognised by the teams he works with.
Dillon, who has worked at The Countess for almost two years, found out he was a Countess Gem at the start of one of his shifts recently and it made his day.
Ward 43 is the latest Countess Gem of the Month winner after staff went over and above to deal with intense pressures.
Deputy Ward Manager Naomi Potts put her entire team forward as a Countess Gem, highlighting the extra workload they have taken on to deal with staff shortages to continue providing safe, kind and effective care.
Construction has started on improvements to the Accident & Emergency Department at the Countess.
This will be the first phase of plans to improve A&E, with a new waiting area being created with more modern and comfortable facilities.
The building work is expected to continue into spring and, during that time, there will be an alternative entrance to A&E that will be clearly signposted.
The Adult Hospital at Home service for West Cheshire patients is now managed by the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with oversight from Cheshire & Wirral Partnership and Primary Care Cheshire (as of 4 December). The Countess will act as lead provider and the staff currently working in the service will be employed by the Trust.
As of Monday 3 December Intermediate Care and Therapy services at The Countess have transferred to the Cheshire West Integrated Care
Partnership (CWICP). Hosted by the Countess, the Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership is a collaboration of health and care organisations with the same, shared goals:
To support people to live longer, healthier lives
To improve people’s experiences of care
To safeguard the future of the local health and care system
The CWICP involves The Countess, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, the two local GP federations and Cheshire West and Chester Council.