Medical, nursing and public health leaders have united in a plea to Tayside to please stick with the rules.
The call comes from frontline clinician Dr David Connell, Nurse Director Claire Pearce and Director of Public Health, Dr Emma Fletcher as hospitals in Tayside are treating more patients with COVID-19, in addition to dealing with the usual winter demands and pressures.
Dr David Connell, Respiratory Physician and Clinical Lead for Winter Planning, who has been working in the COVID-19 areas at Ninewells Hospital, said, “In the last week, the number of patients being admitted to hospital with the virus has more than doubled and more critically ill patients are being cared for in Tayside’s dedicated COVID High Dependency Unit and COVID Intensive Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital.
“This increase in admissions is on top of the usual winter demands and pressures which come with this time of year. The recent wintry and icy weather has also led to a large number of people attending hospital, many of whom now require surgery following slips and trips.
“Unfortunately, this increasing trend in hospital admissions due to COVID-19 is going to continue for a number of weeks to come, so it’s now more vitally important than ever that everyone follows the lockdown guidance and stays at home to help protect the NHS at this critical time.”
Nurse Director Claire Pearce said, “Teams across Tayside are working hard, as they have been since March, going the extra mile to make sure we can keep caring for everyone who needs it in hospitals and communities.
“All we are asking is that everyone else helps us out by making sure they are doing everything they can to protect themselves, their loves ones and all the care teams across Tayside.”
Director of Public Health Dr Emma Fletcher said, “This week, Tayside was the first health board in Scotland to roll out the vaccination to our over 80s population in the community. This is a critical next step in our fight against COVID-19.
“However, the virus continues to circulate widely and increase in all communities across Tayside with nearly 1300 new positive cases in the last seven days in Tayside.
“The more infectious strain of COVID-19 is accelerating the spread of the virus across the country so please help us across our health and social care services by following the rules. Don’t mix households. Don’t meet up with more than one person outside and stick with the FACTS guidance.
“Stick with it Tayside. Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”