Medical director praises NHS staff

Posted on Wed, 15/04/2020

The medical director at Gateshead Health has praised the efforts of local NHS staff for the care they have been providing to people in the town.

The lead doctor at QE Gateshead Andy Beeby has more than 30 years of clinical experience but says the current situation is completely unprecedented.

“This is a hugely challenging situation facing every NHS organisation in the whole country but I’m so proud of the way that all our staff have mobilised and responded to this pandemic. This is the biggest thing we’ve ever had to deal with and the speed and scale of the response by our team has been magnificent.

“We’ve essentially transformed the whole organisation so that we can care for patients with Covid-19 and that has been a team effort, not just by our doctors and nurses but everyone who works at the hospital or out in the community.

“We’ve had to repurpose many areas of the hospital which has meant building works and many people working in new ways, giving up time off, working longer hours and sacrificing time with their family - so for that I’d like to say a big thank you,” he said.

However he also urged the public to continue respecting the lockdown rules from the government to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“I’ve seen the impact this virus is having on patients and also the huge efforts and sacrifices that our staff are making to care for people during this difficult time so please do continue to stay at home.”

So far the hospital has treated more than 300 people for Covid-19 and 86 patients have now been successfully discharged to be back with their loved ones.

“The care that our teams have been providing for Covid patients has been first class and I also want to reassure the public in Gateshead about the skill and compassion of all the people working at the hospital to help them.

“Despite the ongoing challenges the local NHS is still here for you and we’ve continued to provide maternity services, vital cancer treatments and all the emergency services you would expect. So if you are seriously ill, please use the emergency department or call 999. Don’t put it off because you’re worried about the coronavirus or putting extra strain on the hospital.”​

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