Category: NHS, COVID-19, coronavirus pandemic, pandemic, Covid Response, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, UHSussex
As we look forward as University Hospitals Sussex, here’s a look back at some key moments over the last year and what we’ve achieved together during the pandemic as Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and Western Sussex Hospitals.
Brighton ‘super-spreader’ brings the novel coronavirus to Sussex as an A&E colleague in Worthing is among the first in country to contract the virus and hospital becomes focus of national news.
Stay home, Save lives.
The UK enters its first national lockdown to protect the NHS. In line with national guidance, all non-urgent activity is paused and strict new visiting restrictions are applied.
Outpouring of support
As COVID cases surge across the country, the nation ‘Claps for Carers’ to show
appreciation for NHS heroes, creating incredible scenes like this outside Princess Royal in Haywards Heath
BBC films in County
ITU Critical Care in Brighton give special access to BBC news to speak about life inside intensive care, looking after the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Come on Donna!
Staff at St Richard’s turn out in force to applaud the discharge of their longest staying COVID-19 patient, Donna Morgan. Her husband Toby spent 92 days fundraising more than £100,000 for the hospital.
Project Wingman lands
With the airline industry in difficulty, pilots and cabin crew come together to provide a first class lounge service in Worthing and Chichester. The volunteers have now landed in Haywards Heath and Brighton too
Record length of stay
After 109 days receiving lifesaving treatment at the County in Brighton, Yim Ying (known as Lin) Bloor finally returns home and starts fundraising for the hospital.
A national project to immortalise in pictures many of the NHS professionals working through the pandemic sees dozens of colleagues painted for posterity by professional artists.
Best ever flu campaign
With COVID levels rising, it was more important than ever to prevent the spread of flu and record numbers of staff in all our hospitals take advantage of their free NHS flu jab
Holding hands forever
The Duchess of Cambridge chooses a photo of loving couple Pat and Ron Wood married for 70 years holding hands in Worthing Hospital before their death from COVID for National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
Vaccine offers fresh hope
Colleagues and patients at the County site in Brighton are among the first in the country to receive their COVID jab on the first day of a new nationwide vaccination programme
Massive second wave
As COVID admissions rise to more than four times first wave peak, COVID related staff absences rise to nearly 10%, hundreds of staff are redeployed to the areas in most need and the British Army and RAF offer their support.