NHS and Council Leaders urge public to protect the NHS and Save Lives

NHS and Council leaders in Bassetlaw are calling on the public to do everything that they can to follow the guidance and reduce the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and Save Lives. 

Stronger lockdown measures for England came into force on Thursday in an attempt to reduce the number of transmissions and protect the NHS from rising hospital admissions.

With numbers also rising across the North Nottinghamshire region, Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) and Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, are now urging residents and businesses to act responsibly, play their part and follow these stricter guidelines.

Richard Parker OBERichard Parker OBE, said: “Since September, Bassetlaw has moved from very low numbers of Covid-19 patients in hospital, and at some points zero, to now 30 patients as of Monday, with two requiring critical care.

“What is clear is that the rate of transmission is different from place to place, and while positive tests at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) may have stabilised in the past few days, the numbers at Bassetlaw Hospital have risen.

“Evidence published by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) also suggests that Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals now have the third-highest Covid-19 bed occupancy within the country and the highest rise in related admissions since the first-wave.

We are asking for the support of everyone in our local communities to try and contain the spread of the virus because the less patients we have in hospital with Covid-19, the more capacity we have to continue to provide elective care.”

“Following the rules really does make the difference as we saw in the first wave. Everyone can help by remembering hands, face and space when they are out and about, and taking these restrictions to heart, particularly as the weather turns colder. This will not only flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection, but will also help reduce the spread of other winter viruses such as influenza and norovirus, which can place additional pressures on local hospitals.”

Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District CouncilCllr Simon Greaves, has been quick to support the local NHS’s calls and said: “It is clear that additional measures were needed to get on top of this second wave and I fully support the need for a second national lockdown to prevent further lives being lost and to take pressure off our local NHS services.

“The picture in Bassetlaw over the last four weeks has been extremely worrying and the number of people needing hospital care, especially in the over 60s and vulnerable groups, has surpassed the figures seen during the first wave.

“We understand that this will be an extremely difficult time for businesses and our residents as they worry about their jobs and livelihoods. But since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic we have been told to protect the NHS and Save Lives, and more urgent action is now needed from everyone in Bassetlaw of all ages.”

“Please follow these latest measures, in addition to the basic advice of ‘hands, face, space’, so that we can protect our families, protect our loved ones, protect our community and protect the NHS.”

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital (DBTH) also stressed that these additional measures are designed to reduce the Covid admissions so that the Trust is able to provide the services which our communities need.

Mr Parker added: “What is different from the first wave, is that this time we are also trying to provide as much non Covid-19 care as we can, where it is safe and appropriate to do so. We are also very mindful of the demands we will be placing on our staff in the coming months given this is the second time they have dealt with a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“We are currently experiencing an increase in staff absence, due partly to staff needing leave to care for children who are self-isolating, and not in school, or as a consequence of the higher prevalence of the virus in the communities in which they, and their families live.”

“It has been a truly heroic effort from staff at all of the Trust’s hospitals to ensure that patients continue to receive the care they need, and our communities are given the confidence they need to ensure they can carry on about their daily lives, albeit under certain restrictions, safe in the knowledge that friends and family have a place to go if they become critically unwell.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, December 22, 2020