Open Letter From Chief Executive, Yvonne Ormston

Posted on Thu, 02/04/2020 by Yvonne Ormston MBE, Chief Executive, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Across the NHS we’re currently facing a profound and unprecedented challenge in dealing with the current global pandemic.

Covid-19 is having an extraordinary impact right across the country in what is a fast-moving and very dynamic situation. Our preparations are now well developed and are being led by clinical experts across the hospital/Community.

Here at Gateshead Health, we have been overwhelmed by both the professionalism and hard work of all our staff and the generosity of local businesses and the wider community.

I wanted to publicaly say thank you to all our NHS teams working in Gateshead as well as local people and businesses who have done so much to support us during the past few weeks.

We can't thank everyone enough and have been so humbled by the support on social media, the donations we have received and the kindness of neighbours.

We have had a large amount of food donations delivered to our wards when staff have been hard at work and we are extremely grateful for the generosity and helping keep their energy levels up through a difficult time.

Even a simple thank you can go a long way and we have received an overwhelming number of messages from the public which has not gone unnoticed. From the 'thank you notes' that were left on our cars to the #ClapForCarers events taking place right across the town I’d like to say how much we appreciate all these gestures of support.

There have also been a large number of patients passing on their thank you and best wishes, many of them are more concerned about the health of our staff than their own which undoubtedly shows the care and compassion our community has for one another.

As you have heard in the news this week, there have been over 500,000 volunteers come forward to help the NHS battle Coronavirus across the country. These volunteers play such a vital role during this pandemic and will take a huge amount of pressure away from the staff and their time is invaluable.

Once again, I would like to thank all the members of staff within the Trust and across all our public services. I am extremely proud of everything you are doing to keep the community safe and for the continuous hard work and care you provide. I am so humbled and inspired to see such commitment, dedication to patients and compassion to one another.

Yvonne Ormston MBE, Chief Executive, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

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