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All the latest Coronavirus information from the Trust | 7 August 2020

Trust position

There is currently significant pressure at the Cumberland Infirmary. This is due to an increase in demand alongside the fact the Trust has had to close some beds to admissions to manage a COVID outbreak.

Due to these pressures it was necessary, as part of our normal operational procedures, to transfer a small number of patients from one of the closed COVID wards to West Cumberland Hospital at the beginning of this week. The environment at WCH meant that each patient was transferred to single bed rooms. This enabled us to fully reopen a ward at the Cumberland Infirmary and ease pressure. Patient safety remains our utmost priority.

The public can help by choosing services wisely, contacting 111 which provides 24 hour advice on any healthcare need. Going to your GP for ongoing or persistent medical issues and attending A&E or calling 999 for life threatening and serious emergencies only.

COVID-19 cases in Cumbria

This week’s report shows a small increase in the number of cases in the county and has prompted a renewed call for people to continue to be vigilant, and follow social distancing guidelines.

The latest figures also show that Carlisle and Eden have some of the highest testing rates in England. There are also high levels of contact tracing by the local teams across Cumbria.

While the increase in the number of cases is concerning, it remains well below the levels which have prompted local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester and other areas of the UK.

Remain vigilant to reduce the spread

We are reminding people if they have any symptoms of coronavirus they must self isolate for 10 days and book in for a test at a local test centre.

You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms and outbreaks will happen if people don’t take the right precautions. To help prevent the spread of the virus people should also follow social distancing guidance, wash their hands more often and remain vigilant.

NHS Response letter Phase 3

Last week we received a letter from Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS about Phase 3 of the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The NHS has revised its national alert level from level 4 (national) to Level 3 (regional) with effect from 1 August.  Although the national level has been revised, our regional response remains at level 4.  The letter also sets out priorities for the rest of 2020/21 and outlines financial arrangements which will inform how we plan our activities for the rest of the year.


Patients urged to self-isolate before operations

The Trust is continuing to ask patients who are due to come into hospital for surgery, and their families, to self-isolate for 14 days beforehand.

This is in order to protect patients and make sure that they are as prepared for their surgery as possible. It is therefore vital that patients and their household to follow strict self-isolation guidelines for 14 days before and after surgery. This is to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19), which can impact on recovery and, in some cases, cause serious complications.

The guidelines the Trust is providing for self-isolation are stricter than updated NICE guidance due to the continued risk of infection in the county. Patient safety is our utmost priority and those who do not follow the self-isolation guidance may need their surgery cancelled.

Public Health England publish how to stay safe on holiday blogs

With changes to travel policy coming into effect just in time for the summer holidays, some people will be planning to travel overseas. It’s never been more important to know the potential health risks of your destination which is why PHE posted a blog dedicated to travel advice to help everyone stay safe before, during and after your trip.

Other news

New Trust headquarters

Trust headquarters have now moved from Voreda House, Penrith to The Pillars Building, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. Please ensure that any communications are directed to the following address with immediate effect and update any contacts you have for us to reflect this.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Head Quarters
Pillars Building
Cumberland Infirmary Infirmary Street
Carlisle
CA2 7HY

Telephone: 01228 523444

7 students secure jobs following NHS employment scheme

Seven health and care students have been offered jobs with the Trust after completing a pre-employment programme.

The Bridge to the Bank programme is a three week scheme that has been set up to help nurse cadets and health and social care students get the required experience to work for the NHS as health care assistants.

Joan and Anne Marie receive 100 thank you award

A chaplaincy volunteer and the head of nursing for clinical education are among 100 local people to receive a “100 thank you award” for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

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