Message to WUTH staff re: COVID-19
Message to WUTH staff sent on behalf of Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive - 23rd February 2020
Over the past few weeks, I have endeavoured to ensure that you are kept up to date with developments as they happen in relation to our guests.
I wanted to be the first to tell you that four of our guests have now tested positive for COVID-19. They have been moved off site to an appropriate isolation facility.
We always had a plan in place for this eventuality – and this has been carried out successfully. I want to repeat and reassure that we are continuing to work with national experts from PHE at all times and they are on site, along with local infection control experts and other health care professionals. When guests arrived yesterday evening, we followed clear guidance in relation to infection prevention control. This was to minimise the chance of any infection spreading.
Just to reiterate that our hospital is running as usual including all community led services. Please continue to help us to ensure that our patients are getting accurate information on this situation and are attending appointments as usual.
We are extremely grateful to those members of staff from across all our partners who are continuing to support our guests in such a professional way. And just as importantly other staff, for their patience in what are exceptional evolving circumstances. We are all used to dealing with people who can have a range of illnesses and infections as part of our day jobs – and I’m sure that as professionals working in the NHS we will all continue to deliver safe and effective care for patients.
As promised, I will continue to keep you informed and we will be having a face-to-face update for staff tomorrow – we will send round separate details. This will be your chance to ask any further questions. If you have any concerns, please speak to a member of the executive team at any time.