Our Chief Executive has sent a personal message of thanks to all 5,000 of our colleagues for all the work they have done in partnership with the NHS on the response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
While we have worked with the NHS and local authorities for nearly 15 years providing support for people in communities across England, the last few months have been some of the most challenging.
Much of our work during the pandemic has been geared towards continuing to provide all the help we normally offer – while following NHS guidelines – and greatly increasing community support to free up hospitals as well as supporting terminally ill patients with end of life care and ensuring their dignity is maintained;
In addition, we have used our community hospitals to provide step down care to free up these main general hospitals and visiting those that have come out of intensive care units across Lancashire, Kent, Surrey, Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire – where we have main bases – after being treated with severe cases of Covid-19.
And hundreds of Virgin care colleagues redeployed into other critical local NHS services, ensuring they were able to keep operating where sickness absence might otherwise have meany services would have to close.
Dr Vivienne McVey, our Chief Executive Officer, has written to all our colleagues across the country to say: “Thank you for being a part of the fantastic Virgin Care team.”
In a specially made card sent to each person’s home, her message added: “We’ve all been working together through an incredibly challenging time to make sure that people in our communities get the health and social care they need.
“Your hard work, our dedication, and your commitment has really helped everyone to feel the difference.”
- You can find more information on how we have been supporting the NHS during the pandemic here https://virgincare.co.uk/coronavirus/
Patients contacting our adult community services and urgent care teams in West Lancashire are benefitting from an enhanced service through a new care coordination hub.
Patients are getting round the clock professional nursing care in their own homes thanks to our new night-nursing service.
Patients in West Lancashire are set to benefit from an integrated, out of hours urgent care service over the coming months.
The Learning Enterprise (TLE), our main provider of learning and development, is leading the way nationally by providing live fire safety training events in the Virtual Classroom.