• Posted on Fri 16th July 2021

NHS health teams, including, across the region are set to continue with the current pandemic safety measures for the foreseeable future to help protect everyone from infections such as Covid19 and flu.

The safety measures introduced nationally during the pandemic have helped not only protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year, but enabled the NHS to continue providing many of the services that would otherwise have been postponed.  That’s why health organisations locally here in Cumbria have agreed to continue with enhanced infection control measure across CHoC, hospitals, primary care, ambulances and NHS community services.

To keep everyone as safe as possible our staff, visitors and patients will continue to wear face masks, socially distance and wash their hands regularly.

While the government roadmap plans to remove measures like this from everyday life from 19th July it’s vital that the public can be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely.  It’s important to recognise that while life starts to return to normal in public spaces healthcare settings come with different challenges and have more vulnerable and poorly people.  With that in mind the region is planning to keep the measures in place as the NHS heads into another winter facing increasing demand and pressure on services.

Susan Blakemore, Chief Executive of Cumbria Health on Call, said:

‘As a healthcare provider it is our duty to protect patients and our staff, therefore we will continue with these measures into the future.  Health care settings provide a different challenge than public areas and robust infection prevention control measures will continue to be vital in protecting people into the future.  While the vaccination programme has been a huge success in protecting the population, we look after some of the most vulnerable people in society at a time when they are often very ill.  These measures will protect patients and staff and enable our teams to carry out their roles safely.’

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