Every day is patient safety day, but today we recognise and celebrate World Patient Safety Day and the ongoing commitment to patient safety across the NHS.
This week we marked World Sepsis Day, promoting the importance of knowing and recognising the signs and symptoms of sepsis, which could help save someone’s life. You can read more about sepsis awareness on our website.
Meanwhile, we are busy preparing our influenza and COVID-19 health messages to keep our communities and colleagues safe and well this winter.
Across the NHS and in our Trust throughout the pandemic, patient safety has been and continues to be paramount. Every decision and every change has safety at the forefront – not just for our patients, service users and their families, but our staff too.
Our ongoing efforts to tackle COVID-19, protect the most vulnerable and limit the spread of the virus is testament to our commitment to patient safety. COVID-19 has shone a light on infection prevention and we are now all much more aware of the risks of infection transmission and ways to prevent it. This should never change – COVID-19 has not gone anywhere, and we must remain vigilant.
Here at the Trust, all COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings is reminded that they must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
While it is no longer a legal requirement in England to wear a face covering, it is important that we continue to protect everyone in the best way possible. We are urging everyone to continue practising as many preventative measures as you can to continue protecting yourselves and those around you:
– get vaccinated – it is the best protection from COVID-19
– test twice a week – many people who have COVID-19 do not feel ill. Information on vaccines and testing can be found on your local authority website
– wash your hands thoroughly and more often for at least 20 seconds
– meet outside or let fresh air in – open windows and doors for visitors
– if you think you have symptoms, stay at home and take a PCR test
– wear a face covering in all healthcare settings, crowded places and on public transport
– check in to venues when you go out
This winter, there are actions we can all take to protect others. An effort we can all make is to get our flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine/s.
You can find out more about World Patient Safety Day 2021 on the World health Organization website.