A note from our Chief Medical Officer, Andrew McLaren
I am writing this issue’s introduction to BHT Voice while our CEO Neil Macdonald takes a rare and well-deserved holiday.
Firstly, you may already be aware that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has released their report on the Trust. Having worked here for 18 years myself, I have witnessed how tirelessly people work to do the right thing for our patients and I am proud of each of them for helping us maintain our ‘Good’ rating. You can read more about the CQC report below.
I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, we are once again asking patients, visitors and staff coming onto our hospital and community sites to wear face masks in clinical areas to help contain the spread of the virus.
Now for a couple of shout outs for our teams. You may recall that in January we opened the Olympic Lodge hotel at the back of the Stoke Mandeville site to help us relieve some of the pressures in the hospital. As we now hand that back to the stadium, a huge thank you to our teams who came together to put it in place when we first got news of omicron. We’ve helped over 150 residents who no longer needed an acute hospital bed but required further support as they prepared to return home. You can see in the infographic below how staff our staff made a difference for people at this interim facility. One person transferred to the Lodge said “The two weeks I stayed here helped me find my feet” while another commented that they felt “more independent”. This is the sort of thing that can only be done in an organisation like ours and I am really proud of the combined expertise and strength we have in both community and hospital services.
Olympic Lodge Infographic
Finally, a team of people at the Trust has been working with Bucks County Council to support refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, with regards to their health and wellbeing. There have already been more than one thousand beneficiaries of the ‘helping hand for Ukraine’ and ‘Ukraine to UK village response’ initiatives in the county and I hope we can continue to support the people who need us.
With that, I hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative and wish you all a fantastic British summer.