Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Response to COVID-19
UHNM is working with health and social care partners to set up an extension of its hospital care provision to manage its COVID-19 response within hospitals across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, avoiding the need for staff and patients to travel to the Birmingham Nightingale Hospital at the NEC.
Together the NHS and social care are working to find additional acute beds locally. These facilities will be for UHNM patients who are COVID-19 positive and who require on-going care and will be staffed by health care professionals from the Trust, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) and wider system partners.
A significant number of beds are likely to be used during the coming weeks providing COVID-19 services, that would usually be provided at UHNM. When we see this expected increase in demand, patients will be cared for at Haywood Hospital, Harplands, Bradwell, Cheadle and Leek Hospitals. Other facilities may be brought on line if required.
Tracy Bullock, UHNM Chief Executive, said: “UHNM along with health and social care partners have agreed that the geography of the Birmingham Nightingale Hospital would not provide the best possible solution for our staff, who would have been required to help support the facility, or for our patients who would have a significant journey for the on-going care that they will need and that a local solution would be preferable.
“We have been working with our partners and our clinical teams to develop plans to put the system in the best place possible to care for all our patients locally in what we know will be extremely challenging times.”
University Hospitals of North Midlands