A BBC movie crew headed to Farnham Centre for Well being this week to talk to NHS workers concerning the hospital’s position within the coronavirus pandemic.
The ensuing footage (see beneath) was broadcast on Thursday, Could 7 – together with interviews with formerly-retired GP Dr John Rose and Farnham’s lead Covid-19 GP Dr Ed Wernick.
Matters mentioned included the hospital’s newly-created ’ward GP’ position, designed to unlock consultants to look after extra critical Covid-19 instances at Frimley Park Hospital, and the return to deliberate, non-urgent care.
It comes after the GP main Farnham’s response to coronavirus, Dr Wernick advised the Herald well being staff are planning for Covid-19 restrictions to stay in place for one more “12 to 18 months”.
In a letter to workers, NHS chief government Sir Simon Stephens introduced the well being service has now moved into ‘section two’ of its Covid response – and praised “the exceptional NHS response to the best international well being emergency in our historical past”.
Echoing the feedback of the prime minister, Sir Simon added the UK is now via the height of the virus.
Nonetheless, as Downing Avenue Group Observe GP Dr Wernick stresses, this “doesn’t imply we are able to’t return to a brand new peak”.
“We shouldn’t be complacent and should proceed with all of the social isolations and an infection prevention measures,” Dr Wernick added, commenting that though some enjoyable of lockdown measures are anticipated, restrictions on our every day lives are anticipated to be with us for a while but.
Till a vaccine is produced or ‘herd immunity’, reliant on 60 to 80 per cent of the inhabitants catching the virus, is achieved, “the pandemic will probably be with us within the UK”, he stated.
A promising vaccine is being developed by researchers at Oxford Vaccine Group, and has now reached the human trial stage.
However Dr Wernick added: “We’re being advised we have to be planning for Covid restrictions to be in place for 12 to 18 months, as a result of till you get to that time of herd immunity, or produce a vaccine, you’re nonetheless going to be attempting to manage the unfold.”
Native healthcare techniques are, Dr Wernick added, being requested to consider how finest to renew some routine non-urgent elective care, resembling a cataract removing, hernia restore or hip or knee operations, specializing in sufferers on lengthy ready lists.
He continued: “We’ve been requested to consider what the following section will probably be – how can we be sure we have now the talents, functionality and capability for taking care of Covid sufferers – however the place there’s surplus capability, how can we begin turning on deliberate care?
“How can we ensure that if somebody is unwell with Covid, we glance after them, but in addition retaining folks in the absolute best well being so in the event that they do contract Covid, they’re as resilient and wholesome as attainable to struggle the illness?”
The NHS is healthier geared up to deal with a surge in Covid instances than it was a month in the past. However key to NHS bosses’ choice making, says Dr Wernick, is “how can we attempt to get again to taking care of deliberate care whereas not permitting elevated numbers of Covid instances?”
The continuing roll-out of neighborhood testing is vital to this intention, permitting for the pre-admission testing of all elective sufferers – however different elements embrace availability of essential provides resembling private safety tools, blood and medicines.
Dr Wernick added final week’s message, shared by the NHS nationally in addition to via the Herald, that the NHS is ‘open for enterprise’ for non-Covid sufferers has already “gained some traction”.
“We’ve undoubtedly obtained rising numbers of individuals contacting us for non-Covid, each pressing and deliberate care, healthcare-related points, which is sweet,” he stated.