COVID-19 update - 10 June 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
On Monday I re-iterated the complexities of re-starting aspects of care and treatment across the region in light of the fact we will be living with coronavirus for some time. Today, the NHS Confederation have published a report on the key challenges that local organisations will face over the coming months and you can read their report here.

On the back of this report, you will have seen in the news that there are concerns about the increasing number of people waiting for NHS treatment. We are working together across the integrated care system to ensure patients are treated as quickly as possible. At the same time, we are continuing to remind people of the importance of following the correct precautions, such as observing social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene; as well as reminding the public that the NHS is here for them if they need it, and not to delay treatment.

We’re aware that everyone is eager to find out more details about the recent announcement that all staff will be required wear facemasks. We anticipate there will be some more national guidance about this later in the week. In the meantime, organisations are busy getting their own plans ready and communicating what they can to their staff.

There continues to be a huge amount of collaborative working across our region – which is great to see, and is without a doubt one of our key strengths.

An annual review of the Find Your Place campaign and plans for 2020/21 were welcomed and supported by the regional Medical and Dental Advisory Group last week. The campaign, which aims to attract more medical trainees to the region, continues to grow from strength-to-strength with trainee fill rates improving year-on-year; all of which demonstrates the value of us working together to promote our region as a great place to work, train and live. We are now re-starting our plans to extend the campaign to other professions – beginning with nursing and with a focus on recruiting outside of the region. These were put on hold so we could focus our efforts on COVID-19.

This joined-up approach to campaign planning is being mirrored in others areas. Work has now started to develop an integrated winter and flu campaign for the North East and North Cumbria - building on the success of last year’s initiative to encourage people to choose the right service.

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 Friday, until then please stay safe.

Best wishes,


Alan Foster, executive lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
NHS England/Improvement statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) on 10 June 2020
A further 88 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,707.

Patients were aged between 43 and 102 years old. Three patients (aged between 53 and 87) had no known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.

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

East of England 8
London 7
Midlands 21
North East & Yorkshire 12
North West 25
South East 13
South West 2

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, 19 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.