NCA Hospitals have cared for and safely discharged over 3,000 coronavirus patients
THE general public are making a huge difference in their efforts to control the spread of the virus in Greater Manchester according to the Chief Executive of one of the biggest NHS organisations in the region.
In a thank you message to each and every one of the 2.8 million people that make up the Greater Manchester Metropolitan County, Raj Jain says their efforts have been ‘tireless.’
So far, the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which brings together four local hospitals and community healthcare services across Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts, has cared for and discharged over 3,000 coronavirus patients, and he says that number would ‘be much higher’ if weren’t for the monumental efforts of the people of Greater Manchester.
The Chief Executive’s thanks are echoed by front line staff at each of the NCA’s four Care Organisations in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, including from a Critical Care Doctor, a Domestic, a Porter, a Chaplain and a Community Nurse.
Raj Jain, Chief Executive at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, said:
“I think there is something innate within the people of Greater Manchester when faced with a challenge, no matter how big, to really try hard and do their best. It is part of being a good citizen, and I know that each and every one of us is digging deep to ensure that we do social distance, we do get vaccinated, we do wear a mask, and most importantly, we will beat this virus together.”
He is also quick to praise his staff for everything they have done to keep the virus under control.
“The front line staff at our hospitals in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and in the community have been amazing, as have the back office staff. The virus really has turned the way we work on its head, and through it all the staff have dug deep and worked tirelessly to protect each other, our patients and visitors, be that wearing a ventilator and PPE for 12 hours, or our back office staff uprooting and working from home to limit the spread of infection. I am proud of each and every one of them.”
Thanks from the front lines
On the front line and in the community in Rochdale, Tudor Court supports individuals who require a period of rehabilitation to enable independence and a safe return home.
Heidi Tombling, Unit Manager at Tudor Court, said:
“We are a close knit team including a doctor, a team of therapy staff, health care assistants and support staff all working in a small community intermediate care centre in Heywood, caring for elderly residents not long out of hospital and working our hardest to get them back on their feet and back home to the places they love. I can honestly say that the lengths people have gone to in the surrounding community to help limit the spread of the virus has been monumental, it has made such a difference and I would encourage everyone to keep at it, keep trying their best, we all really appreciate it.”
Heidi’s thanks are echoed at neighbouring Bury Care Organisation, which operates Fairfield General Hospital. Kanye Coop, who is Portering Service Manager there said:
“Porters play a key role in moving patients and vital resources around hospitals, and because we are quite mobile, we do come into contact with lots of different people as we go about our business, including patients, hospital staff and the general public. I am very grateful for all the effort people are going to ensuring they are wearing masks, social distancing and getting the vaccine. By doing this it means hospital Porters and others can go about their business in a safe environment, and know that people are coming together to help stop the spread. Thank you on behalf of all the Porters and other staff working at Fairfield General Hospital, and those working elsewhere in the NHS.”
Those sentiments are mirrored by a Critical Care doctor working at the nearby Salford Care Organisation, which operates Salford Royal Hospital. Dr Paul Ferris, Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, said:
“Working on Critical Care I have unfortunately seen the devastation that COVID-19 can cause, to all age groups and all backgrounds. If numbers continue to rise in our unit, there is a risk it could impact on our ability to provide the usual high quality critical care for patients who have suffered trauma or other illnesses. Therefore I urge you to continue to abide by the rules; please stay home and save lives.”
Stacey Lee is a Domestic Assistant on ICU at The Royal Oldham Hospital, which is part of the NCA’s Oldham Care Organisation. She said:
“My job is to keep our wards and departments clean and now more than ever, I am helping to keep my colleagues and our patients safe from this virus. It has been a challenging time for us all and we know it isn’t over yet. Thank you to everyone for doing the right thing, we need to work together to get through this.”
Back at Salford Care Organisation, Fr Mark Paver, is the Assistant Catholic Chaplain at Salford Royal, and he has been involved in supporting those who have lost their loved ones during the pandemic.
He said: “In our work as chaplains we have seen first-hand how this pandemic has shattered families through premature loss of loved ones and put enormous pressure on staff as they devote themselves selflessly to the care of those who are sick, often at tremendous personal sacrifice.
“We also know, from our own experience, how crucial it is to continue to follow the guidance that is out there: to keep good personal hygiene, to maintain safe social distance and to wear a face mask properly. An important part of our role includes supporting patients who are approaching the end of life and their loved ones.”