HEALTH MATTERS: Follow the rules to support our frontline staff

Never been busier – staff at a local hospital coping with Covid 19 patients.

By Democrat reporter

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), which covers West Dunbartonshire,  is calling on the public to heed current guidelines to minimise the number of new hospital admissions following a surge in case numbers.

As part of its response to the virus and in line with Scottish Government guidance, NHSGGC has implemented red, amber and green patient pathways across sites to separate COVID and non-COVID patients and minimise the spread of the virus.

There are currently 20 red wards which are exclusively treating patients with COVID-19. There are more than 500 COVID-19 positive patients being treated in NHSGGC hospitals.

During this time staff continue working extremely hard to look after these patients, while also maintaining a programme of elective surgery and ensuring emergency, trauma and cancer surgery continues as normal.  However, as numbers of COVID-19 hospitalisations continues, pressures have increased substantially across hospital sites.

The public is reminded of the current rules of engaging with the health service at this time:

  • Attend hospital appointments alone unless you fall into one of the specific support categories
  • Please only use Emergency Departments in an emergency.
  • Community Assessment Centres are there to provide support to those with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Community health practices and pharmacies are still available alongside out-of-hours. services, which you can access by calling 111.

Dr Scott Davidson, deputy medical director for acute services at NHSGGC, said:  “Numbers are continuing to rise across Scotland and Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been the worst affected region in the country. It is absolutely critical the public follows the guidelines to ensure that our staff are able to continue effectively managing and treating both COVID and non-COVID patients.

“During this time we are maintaining a programme of elective surgery but this also means that we are currently looking after more patients than ever before, so while the numbers of COVID-19 patients may not yet have reached March’s peak levels, there is as much pressure on our staff across services.

“We would like to remind the public of the current policies in relation to using health services, as minimising unnecessary footfall plays a huge role in preventing the spread of the virus, and allows our staff to focus on delivering the best care possible.”

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