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Message from the Chief Executive 24 March 2020
The Prime Ministers’ announcement last night signalled clearly that the covid-19 virus is now the biggest threat this country and the world has faced for decades. All of us who work in the NHS, find ourselves on the front line of the battle against this invisible killer.
This is not what any of us expected. We are all concerned about our loved ones and our own situations. But as health professionals we also deeply care about our patients and communities. This compassion for others is what makes the NHS special – and it is that spirit which will see us through these unprecedented times.
The Government has now instructed every citizen to ‘Stay at home and away from others’ to minimise the spread of the virus. This action is very important to slow the spread of this disease and give us the best chance to plan and prepare.
However, NHS staff are keyworkers and are essential to our preparations. Our work is absolutely necessary and for the majority of us, that work cannot be done from home. Please do everything that you can to comply with the instructions to stay at home and away from others when you are not at work.
I know this is difficult and distressing. I understand that everyone would like more information, especially about how the trust will operate over the next few weeks and months. We are redesigning the NHS completely to respond to this challenge and it will take some time to develop the detail that you are asking for. Teams are working flat out behind the scenes to make things safe and clear.
Please take responsibility for reading the daily bulletin to keep up to date with the current information. We are working hard to minimise and streamline other communication mechanisms.
Can I also ask that everyone tries to be kind to each other? I understand that people are frustrated and anxious, but we need everyone to follow the same processes as we go through the next few days. Please follow the instructions that have been provided in relation to car parking, occupational health and workforce issues as well as following the clinical guidelines that you are being supplied with.
We are an outstanding team in Newcastle. We will overcome this challenge in the same way that we have tackled every other obstacle – with compassion, energy and pride. We will continue to set the standard in the NHS.
Please look after each other, and stay safe.
With best wishes
Dame Jackie Daniel