COVID-19 update - 15 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. 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
Lots to share already this week and it’s only Monday!

Today we launched an animation to remind the public to wear a face covering when attending our hospitals, clinics, GP surgeries and dental practices. The animations also remind them to wash their hands, use alcohol gel and follow signs in our buildings. Please do share this through your own channels.

Some great examples of collaboration in action across the region this week too.
  • The Local Maternity Systems (LMS) for Northern England has launched a new website featuring up-to-date information and resources for parents-to-be and maternity healthcare professionals. The website acts as a one-stop shop for parents to access advice and information related to their pregnancy journey. A learning hub is due to be launched soon, which will provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to access a full range of training courses dedicated to supporting those working across maternity care. You can view the site here and help raise awareness by sharing on social media by following @LMSNorthern. The LMS Northern England partnership is a collaboration between the three local maternity systems across the North (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham; Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby; and West, North and East Cumbria).
  • Our communications network across the integrated care system is now preparing a flu and winter campaign for the region. A communications task group representing NHS organisations is working directly with the chief executive management board, the newly created flu board and local A&E delivery boards on a plan which we expect to agree in early July. It is vital this year that the campaign is planned and started early so we can take account of emerging logistics and pressures. The campaign joins up three key message areas:
    • promote uptake of the flu vaccine
    • encourage the right people to access the right care – ‘talk before you walk’
    • drive up awareness of COVID 19 messages
The campaign will run throughout the year as we manage demand across acute and primary care, and we will link with local authority partners to support their communications in managing local outbreaks and lockdown arrangements. A national campaign is being planned and piloted for later in the year – ‘111 First’ – so we will also work with these messages around managing A&E pressures and safety whilst remaining open for business.

Keep up the great work everyone.

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 15 June 2020

A further 28 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,982. Patients were aged between 59 and 100 years old. All patients had 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 0
London 5
Midlands 8
North East & Yorkshire 5
North West 5
South East 2
South West 3

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, TWO 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 by following this link:

For further information please contact the NHS England and NHS Improvement media team on or 01138 250958/9