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.
Following the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China we are putting in place a series of measures to mitigate any extra burden on our Emergency Departments and ensure the safety of all our patients and staff at the Trust.
We have allocated a designated Countess Coronavirus Support Centre that is a 24/7 isolation area on site.
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.
Breast and Paediatric Consultant Surgeon Miss Elizabeth Redmond has shaved her head in support of the many patients she has treated over her 35-year NHS career.
Miss Redmond, who started at The Countess as a General Surgeon in 1998, decided to mark her final day as a consultant by taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign.
We have recently been undertaking significant developments on site including work on our car parking provision.
- As of Monday 30 September new parking facilities will be available to patients and visitors. Blue Badge parking will now be available in what was previously a staff car park.
Rod Chaloner, Purchasing Assistant Technical Officer in pharmacy, is our latest Countess Gem after impressing colleagues by taking on extra work during a period of intense pressure for his team.
Rod, who started at The Countess last August, splits his time between working in purchasing, ordering in medications for our patients, and then processing those orders in the general stores so they can go where they are needed in the hospital.
Security Officer Kev Bowker is the latest Countess Gem after the Critical Care Outreach team praised him for the way he helped one of their patients.
Kev joined the security team six years ago, having previously worked as a football referee, a bus driver and a taxi driver. Working as part of such a tight-knit unit in the hospital is by far his favourite role, with it being the closest to his childhood dream of being a police officer.