The new Chair of the Board at the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust, Chris Hannah, has set out her key priorities as Chair to ensure the Trust continues to provide the best possible care to the communities it serves during the Covid-19 crisis.
Ms Hannah replaces Sir Duncan Nichol CBE, who stepped down as Chair last month after seven years in the role.
Teams at the Countess of Chester Hospital have been boosted by strong support from the local community.
A number of local businesses and organisations, including restaurants, confectionaries and a school, have taken the time to show Countess staff how much their efforts are valued.
Countess of Chester Hospital Chief Executive, Dr Susan Gilby, said:
“Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at The Countess of Chester Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.
“The patient was in his 80s and had underlying health conditions.
“His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.
Lead Cancer Nurse Helen Thomas has won a Cavell Star Award for outstanding leadership after colleagues at the Countess of Chester Hospital described her as an “inspiration”.
Helen, who has been a nurse for 35 years, was nominated for the strong leadership and support she provides towards caring for patients with cancer and those who are palliative.
The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership (CWICP) are announcing new Chairs Elect.
Outgoing CWICP Chair Chris Hannah will become the new Chair at The Countess from 1 April 2020, replacing Sir Duncan Nichol CBE when he retires, with Andrea Campbell taking over as Interim Chair of CWICP.
Countess of Chester Hospital Chief Executive, Dr Susan Gilby, said: “Following the decision by the UK Chief Medical Officer to raise the threat level for Coronavirus from low to moderate, we will be putting in place additional measures at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The risk of infection in the UK remains low and the measures being taken are in line with Public Health England and NHS England guidance to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.
The following statement has been issued in response to a news story relating to a patient who came to A&E last Wednesday.
Chief Executive Dr Susan Gilby said: “It is unfortunate that in these circumstances, when a young mum is rightly concerned and worried about the health of her child, the options to gain appropriate assessment out of hours are often not known about.
Service Improvement Lead Deborah Brown is the latest Countess Gem after her work on the Junior Doctor Foundation QI Teaching Programme was praised by a variety of colleagues.
Deborah, who has worked for the Trust for almost 20 years, has played a key role in creating and developing Quality Improvement initiatives at The Countess since 2008.