COVID-19 update - 11 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
Firstly, can I say a huge thank you to everyone working over the bank holiday weekend. I know things continue to be very busy for everyone but your support is much appreciated.

Last night’s announcement from the prime minister set out the governments recovery strategy to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our health and care workforce. You can read the full guidance on the UK’s next phase in the fight against COVID-19 here.

Tomorrow marks International Day of the Nurse, which provides an opportunity to mark the contribution of nursing staff and reflect on the vital work they do every day.

International Day of the Nurse was always going to be special this year as we marked the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, but it has become particularly significant because of the extraordinary work all those who have followed in her footsteps are doing in the fight against COVID-19.

Several of our region’s GPs have taken time out to share key NHS messages through broadcast media. Dr Jim Gordon of South Tyneside recently appeared on Tyne Tees News explaining the importance of getting healthcare if you need it, while Dr Dave Julien was on Look North to highlight the great work of the ‘Sats Squad’, a group of volunteers praised by GPs in South Tyneside for their work delivering pulse oximeters to Covid-19 patients at home – which enable GPs to make better informed clinical decisions remotely.

Dr Mark Dornan has also made a helpful video about how to get healthcare, which is being used across the region. It would be a great help if you can share this via any relevant websites and social media channels you have. In the video, Mark explains:
  • How health and care services have had to adapt and we all need to use them differently
  • Why we need you to prioritise looking after your own health at this time
  • If you do need help, please don’t wait
The video is available here.

Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
Other news/guidance

NHS England/Improvement statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) on 11 May 2020
A further 209 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 23,358.

Patients were aged between 40 and 99 years old. 12 of the 209 patients (aged between 55 and 97 years old) 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 12
London 41
Midlands 27
North East & Yorkshire 36
North West 64
South East 23
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, 12 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.

NHS staff offers
Offers available to NHS staff have now been put onto one website. These can be found at and is worth checking out and publicising in your organisations if you have not already done so.

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