The new Chair of the Board at the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust, Ian Haythornthwaite, has set out his key priorities as Chair to ensure the Trust builds on the lessons learnt from the pandemic and develops even further its ability to provide the best possible care to the communities it serves.
During the pandemic, infection prevention and control measures have helped to keep patients and staff safe. During this time, patients and visitors have had to wash their hands, wear face masks and maintain a social distance of 2m.
Although the Government has confirmed that from Monday 19 July, it will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a mask, keeping our patients safe remains our priority.
People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid and who would like to be are today being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.
Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first - and that remains the case for most people.
Three intensive care doctors from the Countess of Chester Hospital have teamed up with colleagues from across the UK to enter this year’s Christmas chart battle.
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Consultant intensivists Dr Kate Tizard, Dr Lyndsay Cheater and Dr Beccy Gale joined forces with other doctors, nurses, therapists and pharmacists from intensive care units all over the UK, to record a specially adapted version of The Police’s 1980s hit ‘Every breath you take’.
NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens has today praised the efforts of hardworking staff for making the roll out of a Covid-19 vaccine possible, saying that the deployment marks a “decisive turning point” in the battle against the pandemic.
The NHS in England will begin the biggest and most highly anticipated immunisation campaign in history at 50 hospital hubs this week, with more starting vaccinations over the coming weeks and months as the programme ramps up.
People in West Cheshire who need urgent NHS care are being asked to call NHS 111 before they decide to walk into A&E.
To ensure social distancing in the A&E department waiting areas people who do not need an ambulance are being asked to contact NHS 111 for an appointment before attending.
Countess of Chester Hospital Chief Executive, Dr Susan Gilby said:
“We acknowledge the new and significant development in this case, which is of serious concern to the Trust. We are fully supportive and respectful of the judicial processes and as such will not be making any further comments at this stage.
Nurses at the Countess of Chester Hospital have developed a Family Support service to help patients stay in touch with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With visiting restricted under national guidelines earlier this year, hospital staff wanted patients staying at the Countess to continue having regular access to their support networks.