May 14, 2020



Hospital update May 2020


It has been 2 months since the Friends have had a meeting and we recently attempted to meet on Zoom with a full Committee.  The meeting started and the Chairman was nowhere to be found.   A tracking group set out to find me and several texts and emails hit my phone within 60 seconds of one another. 


I was sat staring at a screen which had virtually frozen and nothing was happening.   Eventually with a little help from my............(yes you can fill that in) I managed to limp into the meeting. 


Overall it was a success and with a few tweaks will keep us going until we are able to get back to something like normal.

One of our casualties was our Senior Sister who also did not manage to join us but today I have been able to get an update on how our hospital is getting on in these unusual times.


I am told that all is going well in Our Hospital. The ward currently has 16 beds open and 12 patients today. Staffing is all going ok, minimal sickness and all shifts are appropriately covered. Staff morale seems to be good too.


PPE levels are very good and they all have everything that they need and have had throughout the last 4 weeks.


The MIU remains closed for the foreseeable future and the Outpatients Department (OPD) is also closed as the area is being used as a Patient assessment clinic. 


Matron has asked this week that this Clinic be reviewed as she is aware that are only a few patients attending now.   She is hoping to have an update later this week. It is unclear at the moment as to how the OPD can reopen and continue with social distancing but they are looking and planning how this can be achieved in the longer term.


The Matron who also looks after Bridgwater Hospital tells me that she has set up a weekly Skype meeting with heads of department instead of travelling.


Tuesday May 12th is international Nurses Day and our Senior Sister wants to arrange something Special for her Staff.  The Friends have provided the money to make that possible.  We have also agreed to supply two tablets for patients to use so that they can keep in touch with their friends and families on SKYPE. These are now on order.


Please keep an eye out for my BLOGS and I will update you when I have more information.


You will also be aware that we have not announced anything about our annual Garden Party in the Hospital but last night we made the decision to cancel it this year.


Bernard Spilsbury: Chairman



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