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All the latest Coronavirus information from the Trust | 3 April 2020

Our current position
We know that coronavirus is now circulating in the community and that for many people the infection results in either no symptoms or mild symptoms that need to be managed by self-isolating at home.   

We also know that when the virus is transmitted to some people, mostly in vulnerable groups, the infection can be very serious and these are the people that are in our hospitals at the moment.  We are now caring for around 100 people across our acute and community hospitals with COVID-19 and sadly there is regular reporting of people who have died.  The figures are being reported centrally and you can access the information on the NHS England website.

We are continuing our efforts to manage the pandemic as best we can whilst supporting our staff to feel confident within their roles, through a workforce hub which has been established this week. We are communicating with staff on a daily basis to make sure they have the latest information and guidance and offering health and wellbeing support through a wellbeing network which includes a support line that has been launched today.​​​​​​​

Addtional bed capacity being created
You may have seen from the local media that work has begun to transform leisure centres into additional NHS bed capacity. The work is being led locally by agencies in Cumbria working as part of the Local Resilience Forum.  Plans are now being developed to help the NHS deal with an increase in demand should it be needed.

Lyn Simpson, Chief Executive of North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We welcome the news that additional bed capacity will be available to us in the coming weeks in anticipation of increased demand on our services.  We are very grateful for the fantastic response from our multi-agency partners in securing this additional capacity, and we will now work together to plan how these facilities can be used.”

More information is on Cumbria Police’s website.

Trust business
We’re pleased to share with you that Peter Scott has been appointed as interim Chair of the Trust. Peter commenced his role as Chair yesterday (1st April) and will be leading the Board of Directors and Governors’ Council until the Governor’s Council is in a position to conclude the recruitment process for the substantive position. 

Peter said:

“I am extremely happy to be taking on the role as Chair and to help offer my support to the Trust.

“I’ve worked at various levels within the NHS both locally and nationally including previous roles within North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. I am fully committed to my role as Chair and I’m looking forward to joining the Trust and working with colleagues in North Cumbria at this very demanding time for the NHS.”

Find out more about Peter on our website.

We have also established a new transitional leadership team which is now place at the Trust to help stabilise the team over the next 12 months. Having a secure leadership team will be extremely beneficial in particular recognising the significant impact that COVID-19 is going to have in the coming months.

NHS staff pulling out all the stops
With the ongoing situation staff at the Trust have been pulling out all the stops to ensure the safety of patients and of their colleagues is met. Staff have been adapting quickly and evolving the way they work to support the demands required.

Health care leaders urge public to stay at home
Professor John Howarth, Strategic Incident Commander for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has shared a message urging the public to stay at home this weekend to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I can’t thank our communities enough for listening to the guidance to stay at home. We need to break the chain of transmission of this virus in our local communities.

“I know it is hard and many people are making difficult sacrifices but the message from me today is that you are saving lives now, right here in Cumbria, through your actions. 

“Staying at home slows the transmission of coronavirus, and helps us reduce the number of cases we expect to see in the coming weeks and months.

“It’s important that everyone continues to follow this advice by staying at home and if you have to go out for essential purposes, please follow the guidance on social distancing.”

Please continue to follow the national guidance around the Coronavirus if you have symptoms.

If you have any further queries or would like more information please get in touch by emailing Communications.Helpdesk@ncic.nhs.uk.