The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. It calls for decisive action across the world, the UK and here in the Northwest.
At Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, our aim is to work closely with our NHS partners both at the hospital, primary care and other statutory bodies in order to save lives, protect the vulnerable and provide NHS services to those who need them the most.
All NHS Trusts providing community health and care services have been instructed to stop and/or partially stop many of their non-urgent services. This is to enable us to reassign staff and resources to other parts of the organisation that are directly supporting the COVID-19 response in Wirral.
Our priority is to increase capacity in those services that are:
- maximising hospital discharge – making sure people can leave hospital quickly and safely as soon as they are well enough to do so and have the right support
- providing specialist nursing care at home to those who need it
- using digital technology to triage and provide care and advice remotely where appropriate to avoid hospital admission
We must support the health system in Wirral to have the maximum capacity to be able to look after those people affected by COVID-19 who need critical hospital care.
Where it is safe to do so, the following community services have been either stopped, partially stopped where appropriate:
-speech and language (adult and children)
-dietetics (adults and children)
-rehab at home
|-bladder and bowel (adults and children)|
All patients affected have been contacted and we have reviewed all of our existing patients to understand those who are low, medium or high risk. Anyone who is high risk will continue to receive care e.g. diabetic foot care.
Cancelling appointments is a difficult decision and we are working with partners to signpost people to alternative sources of support and self-resources. And over the next few weeks we’ll be adding lots of new content to our website to support you to stay well. Wirral Infobank is also a great resource to help you find support services near you providing advice, guidance and additional help during this ongoing and difficult time.
We will contact all patients when we are in a position to provide these services in full again.
Commitment to our staff
Preserving and protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff is critical, as they respond with dedication and compassion to the COVID-19 outbreak. Staff, both on the front line and in our support services are going above and beyond to protect and care for Wirral residents.
We are taking every effort to support their physical and mental wellbeing and enable our workforce to remain healthy and protect themselves, colleagues, patients and families as we continue to deliver services through this challenging period.
Our message to you
Please keep Wirral safe and support the NHS by following the national guidance:
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
To find out more about COVID-19 and how to avoid catching or spreading it, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Please visit our website www.wchc.nhs.uk for updates on our services.
Thank you for your support.