April 3rd 2020

Covid-19: Cheshire health and care update


Hello and welcome

Welcome to the first of a weekly series of Stakeholder Bulletins designed to keep you up-to-date about Cheshire's response to Coronavirus (Covid-19). Developed by NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with NHS partners, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council and Healthwatch Cheshire we aim for this to be a one-stop-shop for key updates.

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National key messages

Coronavirus is a National Emergency, life threatening for people of all ages, everywhere
in the UK.

To help save lives you must stay at home. This will help protect you and the NHS and frontline staff who are working to save lives. Only go outside for food, health reasons, daily exercise or to work – but only if you cannot work from home.

Anyone can get Coronavirus and anyone can spread it. If you go out, you can spread it. People will die. Act like you’ve got it, anyone can spread it.

Coronavirus - Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.

More than 23,000 former clinical staff have signed up to return to the NHS to help support the Covid-19 workforce in the last fortnight. They are now being matched via regional Bringing Staff Back teams to local NHS organisations, many to roles usually undertaken by permanent staff so they can move to directly help on the frontline.

Cheshire system update

Senior leaders across all Cheshire health and care partners update on the latest position with the Covid-19 response on daily conference calls. This enables issues to be flagged and system-wide solutions to be identified and agreed.

Key updates from this week include:

  • There are 128 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Cheshire, of whom 109 are currently in hospital. 147 people are awaiting swab test results.
  • Hospital trusts continue to reconfigure A&E departments to enable routine attendances to be managed separately from suspected Covid-19 patients. Similar work is ongoing in General Practice with designated "hot" and "cold" sites being identified across Primary Care Networks.
  • Deliveries of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been received by some partners in the last week. Stock is being shared across partners to support those that need it most. Work is ongoing to ensure it is used consistently by all health and care partners.
  • Swabbing of frontline staff across all partners must increase to enable people who are currently self-isolating to return to work. More tests are required to achieve this.
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership plan to launch a 24/7 mental health crisis line today (Friday, April 3rd 2020).
  • Support for "shielded" patients who have been asked to self-isolate for 12 weeks has been developed by both local authorities.
  • Reassurance work with care homes is ongoing to enable them to confidently accept people who have been discharged from hospital.
  • There remain significant workforce pressures across the system due to frontline staff needing to self-isolate, however in Primary Care there are signs of an improving picture.

Partner updates

Healthwatch Cheshire is supporting the Cheshire health and care system by leading on the collation of public updates from all partners. Headlines from this week include updates on GP services, advice about how to access prescriptions, a change to the opening times of the minor injuries unit at Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and the current closure of the Congleton minor injuries unit.

Find out more on the following two Healthwatch webpages:
Both local authorities have also developed Covid-19 specific webpages to outline the advice and support available to residents:

Media coverage

Live coronavirus updates in Cheshire

Emergency helpline set up to support most vulnerable

Honouring NHS heroes on frontline of coronavirus

Cheshire birth registrations stopped

Finding beds for homeless people during Covid crisis

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