COVID-19 update - 18 May 2020

This bulletin provides important information for people working in health and care across the North East and North Cumbria regarding guidance and actions being co-ordinated across our region to care for patients, staff and our communities in the light of COVID-19. This is a fast-moving and evolving situation. We will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information and key decisions from the Strategic Health Command Group. This group is led by Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System. If you have any questions or would like us to send vital information to partners through this bulletin, please contact us here.
Message from Alan Foster
Alan Foster
Mental health awareness week started today and organisations across the region have lots planned to encourage people to look after their own mental health and celebrate this year’s theme of kindness.

Our two mental health trusts, CNTW and TEWV, have issued a joint press release to reassure people that they can and should still seek mental health support during the pandemic, see here, and are sharing nine acts of kindness people can do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s the second May bank holiday this weekend and we will be sharing important messages across social media about how people can access care, including urgent dental care.

As you know we are now focusing on safely phasing back planned care and appointments across the region so we will be reassuring the public about the measures we have in place. Understandably people may be worried about coming into hospital and using services. This includes reminding the public of:
  • The strict infection control measures in place to help keep patients and staff safe whether they are being cared for in hospitals, the community or in their own home. This includes staff wearing personal protective equipment, increasing handwashing facilities and restrictions for visiting.
  • The social distancing rules - being two metres apart - will remain vital as people use NHS services
  • That the NHS is here if you, if you need us. Please don’t delay seeking help and advice if you’re unwell.
As always our thoughts continue to be with those affected at this time – especially those who have lost loved ones. I will be back in touch on Wednesday, so until then please stay safe.

Best wishes, Alan

Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
NHS England/Improvement statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) on 18 May 2020
A further 122 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 24,739.

Patients were aged between 47 and 100 years old. Seven of the 122 patients (aged between 50 and 85) had no known underlying health condition. Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

East of England 10
London 10
Midlands 28
North East & Yorkshire 28
North West 24
South East 16
South West 6


NHS England and NHS Improvement publish the number of patients who have died in hospital and tested positive for COVID-19 in England. Since Tuesday 28 April, NHS England and NHS Improvement also reports the number of patient deaths where there has been no COVID-19 positive test result, but where COVID-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on part 1 or part 2 of the death certification process. This change has been introduced for deaths that occurred on 24 April and subsequently.

This means the NHS England and NHS Improvement data collection provides information on all COVID related (suspected and confirmed) deaths in England hospitals.

Today, 7 deaths are reported with no positive COVID-19 test result.

Additional data, including listings by Trust and date of death is available on the NHS England website and can be accessed here.