Yesterday it was announced that Brighton and Hove was the latest area to receive enhanced Government support following rising COVID cases in the city.
This support includes:
Clearly a key part of this response is our continued drive to get all adults in the city to have the vaccine and we continue to work hard to reach those who have not yet taken up the offer. We are urging anyone over 18 to have both doses of their vaccine as soon as possible.
While the vaccination has been highly effective in reducing hospitalisations as a result of COVID-19, it is clear that we will see an increased demand on services over the coming weeks and months and all partners are working together to ensure we have clear plans in place for us to be as best prepared as possible across the system.
As we move towards the next phase of the Government’s pandemic roadmap from 19th July, we are working with national, regional and system partners to make sure we are clear on the implications for us locally across the NHS and will be able to give an update on our position around some of the key issues over the coming days.
We recognise the rising local cases are coming at a time when services and staff are extremely busy and follows an intensely challenging period for our health and care system over the last 16 months. The efforts of our staff have been, and continue to be, monumental and awe-inspiring, and system partners are currently working together to focus on what more we can do to support our people in the short, medium and longer term and ensure we are able to continue to provide high quality and safe care for our populations.
We are also encouraging the public to continue to play their part in keeping themselves and others safe, and supporting the NHS this summer. The key messages we are asking the public are:
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our populations.