Today, Thursday 17 September 2020, marks World Patient Safety Day (WPSD). A World Health Organization (WHO) campaign, this year the theme focuses on ‘Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety.’
As WHO explains, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally’, which is why the focus for the 2020 campaign is ‘Safe health workers, Safe patients.’
Patient safety, and the health and wellbeing of our staff, continue to be of utmost importance to WCHC, and we’d like to thank our health and care staff for their continual efforts to put the safety of patients and service users first.
Here at Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust we want to reassure you that we have quickly and safely adapted our services so we can carry on supporting and providing care for you and your loved ones, despite the restrictions of COVID-19. Our message to you and your family this World Patient Safety Day is: “it’s still important to keep your routine appointments and get medical help if you need it.”
You too have a roll to play in both patient and staff safety, and the guidance we are asking you to follow is:
When attending your appointment, it’s important to follow these steps:
- Wear a face covering before entering any of our clinic buildings
- Gel your hands on entering the building and on arrival in the clinic waiting room
- Keep a two-metre distance from other people in the building
- Come on your own (exceptions apply)
We want to make your visit to any of our services as safe as possible.
If you are worried about attending your appointment please call the number on your letter in advance and the team will answer any queries you may have.
If you would like to find out more about WPSD, visit WHO. If you would like to learn more about our goals and priorities, which cover patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness, view our Quality Strategy and Quality Goals.