Our respiratory staff are making an emotional plea to the public, asking everyone to ‘please do your bit’ and protect the NHS.
As we face a rise in COVID-19 patients and added pressure on other services, the respiratory team are asking everyone to protect the NHS by playing their part.
The video plea asks members of the public to get both doses of their vaccine and to continue wearing a face mask in public indoor spaces, regularly wash your hands and to carry on social distancing.
“Please do your bit”
‘Please do your bit’ – a plea from hospital staff
(Video switches between different people speaking.)
I’m Beth, I’m an occupational therapist.
I’m Irvin, I’m an F1 doctor working on the wards.
And I’m Maria Lawson, I’m the ward matron of ward 24.
You don’t want me ill with COVID-19.
And you don’t want me self-isolating at home.
You want me to be here at work.
The best way you can protect us is to have your vaccine.
Wear a mask when you’re shopping.
Practice social distancing.
And wash your hands.
But it’s not just the respiratory team who needs protecting.
It’s all of the NHS.
You don’t want your hospital appointment cancelled.
Or your mum’s surgery.
You don’t want A and E getting swamped.
You want us all to be here for you when you need us.
The pandemic is far from over.
COVID-19 is still a threat.
Please do your bit.
Please do your bit. Thank you.
Protecting the NHS
As the pandemic took hold, the respiratory team at the Trust shifted from their day to day roles to actively supporting the treatment of COVID-19 patients. They led the organisation of ventilators, oxygen therapy and patient treatment plans.
Their video, which features nurses, doctors, occupational therapists and receptionists on the respiratory ward, pleas: “It’s not just the respiratory team who need protecting – it’s all of the NHS.”
A rise in COVID-19 patients will have a knock-on effect at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as other services are diverted to support patient care in intensive care and respiration.
Lindsey Robertson, chief nurse at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We all want to return to normal life but the simple fact is the pandemic is still here. COVID-19 is still a threat.”
“We’re worried we are experiencing a third surge in COVID-19 cases and the impact of this is significant in relation to isolation. The workforce and the possibility of cancelling appointments and elective procedures again is very real.
“Please get both doses of your vaccine, maintain a safe distance from other people, keep wearing your masks and regularly wash your hands.
“Please keep doing your bit in the fight against this deadly pandemic.”