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Shropcom strengthening medical cover in Community Hospitals

27 March 2020
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Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has today taken steps to increase GP presence in its community hospitals – working towards introducing seven-day cover at Bridgnorth, Bishop’s Castle, Ludlow and Whitchurch.
The Trust is strengthening medical cover at this time to ensure that it is fully prepared for any impact of Covid-19 in the county’s community hospitals – though no confirmed cases of the virus have yet occurred at any of the four Community Hospitals.

Dr Jane Povey, Medical Director of Shropshire Community Health, said: “We have taken the decision to work towards introducing seven-days-a-week medical cover across all of our Community Hospitals. We already have this in place at two of the hospitals and are now expanding this across all four.

“This is being overseen by our Community Hospital Medical Advisors Dr Caron Morton, Dr Adrian Penney and Dr Stuart Wright.”

Meanwhile, the Trust has also provided reassurance that it has enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for staff to work safely.

Steve Gregory, Executive Director of Nursing and Operations at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “We have seen regular supplies of PPE arriving in recent days.

“We are confident that we currently have the PPE we need to ensure all our staff can work safely.

“Our staff are fully compliant with the national guidelines from Public Health England with respect to the appropriate use of equipment, and we will make sure they remain so to protect themselves and their patients.”
Next review due: 1 September 2020