From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information.
As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.
We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know.
If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.
Community update: Tuesday 4 May 2021
Posted Monday, April 19, 2021 3:09 PM
4 May 2021 – Update 19
An update to patients, communities and partners of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS FT
Even in the two weeks since my last update, it feels like we have taken another set of careful steps towards moving back to something like life as we remember it before March 2020.
The number of Covid patients in our hospitals and communities continues to reduce, largely thanks to the efforts we have all made to follow the guidance and to the national vaccination programme. Many of us have been able to spend time outdoors in small groups with our friends and families. I am sure the opening up of outdoor hospitality, non-essential retail and some sport has been a welcome boost for most of us.
We do still need to be careful and whilst these steps are welcome it is important we all stick to the guidelines so that we can hopefully continue along the path out of lockdown.
For some friends and colleagues, the lifting of restrictions has not enabled them to see their loved ones, particularly for those people who have family and friends living abroad. My thoughts and concern have remained close to this group over the past few weeks. We are doing everything we can to offer support to colleagues in this position, particularly those who have loved ones in India, which is currently seeing a surge of Covid cases and is struggling to offer care to all those who need it.
This week we will be celebrating our outstanding Midwifery colleagues, with International Day of the Midwife (IDM) falling tomorrow. We are rightly proud of our midwives and the care they provide to women and their babies, although like all maternity units, we are also constantly working to adapt and to improve the care we provide. I would also like to wish a happy IDM to our midwifery colleagues at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, with who we have been working with over recent months.
Next week we will be celebrating all of our Nursing colleagues on International Nurses Day. I am delighted we are able to celebrate our colleagues on these days, as they celebrate with their peers around the world.
Best wishes for the week ahead.
Chief Executive Richard.Mitchell2@nhs.net