The NHS is under significant and sustained pressure from the number of people with COVID-19 who need to be treated in hospital.
At NELFT we have a vital role to play in making sure that our NHS partners in acute trusts are able to treat people with COVID-19 effectively, and then discharge them swiftly through to the right place, with any ongoing care they need. This is essential in keeping capacity where it is needed.
We identified where we were able to add additional bed capacity to further support our comprehensive response to COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, across our Acute Rehabilitation Directorate we have created an extra 117 beds, comprised of 28 at Barley Court and 99 at Goodmayes Hospital.
These beds will be for those patients requiring a ‘step-down’ bed for physical care after receiving secondary care. This additional capacity is a vital part in helping our colleagues in acute hospitals to free up the necessary space to treat the sickest patients.
Across Essex, we are working in partnership across the system alongside Provide and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).
With EPUT, we’re increasing bed capacity from 25 to 170 at Brentwood Community Hospital to help NHS partners in acute hospitals discharge patients as swiftly and as safely as possible. We’re also working with Provide to consider additional beds at Braintree Community Hospital.
NELFT Chief Executive, Professor Oliver Shanley OBE, said: “I am incredibly proud of the commitment shown by many of our colleagues in recent weeks who have assisted in getting additional beds and wards up and running.
“Teams of redeployed staff have come together and have been simply immense in their efforts to support our COVID-19 response.
“Our response to COVID-19 as an organisation by creating additional bed capacity, is just one of the steps we are taking to assist our acute partners.
“Our community services across the system are also integral to increasing capacity and providing care to those who need it most during this challenging time. The steps we are taking as organisation are most certainly something that we can be extremely proud of.”
We will continue to work with partners in identifying where as an organisation we do more to support and increase capacity, which includes working in partnership with Provide to consider additional beds at Braintree Community Hospital.
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