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NHS Sheffield CCG marks 72nd anniversary of the NHS

NHS Sheffield CCG marks 72nd anniversary of the NHS
03 July 2020

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is marking the NHS’s 72nd anniversary by thanking staff from across Sheffield for their hard work during the covid-19 pandemic.

July 5 will be the 72nd year of the National Health Service and NHS Sheffield CCG is commemorating the day by highlighting some of the work of the NHS in Sheffield to support the covid-19 pandemic efforts and help people living in Sheffield stay safe and well.

Since the start of the outbreak, NHS Sheffield CCG and Primary Care Sheffield (PCS) have tested over 2,800 staff for covid-19. The service, ran by nurses and other staff redeployed from the CCG and PCS, has tested GP practice staff, care home staff, CCG staff, voluntary sector workers and those working in domiciliary care. Staff running the service ensured it was set up quickly and efficiently to enable key health workers to be tested and either return to work if negative or isolate and stop the spread if positive.

GP practices in Sheffield have continued to provide excellent urgent care and some routine services, they have been offering more telephone and video consultations so patients can stay safe at home. In April, the first month of lockdown, 76,815 telephone consultations were carried out. Practices have been ensuring surgeries are clean and safe for those who need face-to-face appointments.

A team from the CCG have been working hard to make sure that GP practices have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. 19,000 items of PPE have been distributed to practices since the start of the outbreak, because of this, no practices ran out of equipment keeping staff and patients safe.

The CCG has also been supporting care homes across the city, ensuring infection prevention and control measure are taken to help stop the spread of the virus in homes. All of the care homes in Sheffield have been trained to use PPE correctly and CCG nurses have delivered infection prevention and control training to care home staff.

Sheffield’s prescription order line have seen an increase of 20% in calls during lock down, the team have continued to provide an excellent service, ordering prescriptions for patients and care homes. Pharmacies across Sheffield have remained open and have been working hard to fulfil prescriptions and offer advice and treatment for minor illness and conditions, keeping GPs and hospitals free for those that really need it.

Dr Terry Hudsen, GP and Chair at the CCG said: “The covid-19 pandemic has really brought home how lucky we are to have the NHS. The 5 July will be a day for us to take a moment to reflect on everything that we have recently faced, mourn our losses, stand together and thank those who are keeping us safe.

“I am so proud of all of our staff, and of our NHS partners in the city, for really pulling together during this difficult time and working in new and innovative ways to support the people living in Sheffield. Thank you to everyone.”

To mark the 72nd anniversary, there will be a nation-wide round of applause at 5pm on Sunday 5 July. The NHS are encouraging  people to  join in the one-off clap – the loudest ever – to say thank-you to everyone who has helped the NHS through the crisis so far – not just NHS staff.



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