Staff absences due to Covid do not stop public services in Lincolnshire

Staff absences due to Covid have not prevented the provision of public services in South Lincolnshire.

Hospitals serving South Holland say they are in a ‘difficult position’ as police and advisory services continue.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, declared a “critical incident” earlier this month due to a staffing crisis, but says services have been rescheduled.

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A spokesperson said: “Our staff absence rate has been just under 11% of our workforce and is now 8.6%, in addition to our vacancy rate of 10%.

“While our hospitals remain in a difficult position due to high demand for urgent and urgent care services and staffing shortages driven by Covid-19, improvements in these two areas mean we have been able to emerge of a critical incident from January 13. .

“Elective surgeries and outpatient appointments have now been restored to our hospitals, and any that have been canceled in recent weeks are rescheduled as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.

“We thank our staff who continue to work tirelessly to care for their patients and support their colleagues as we work hard to restore our services, supported by local partners, volunteers and members of the armed forces.”

Staff illness has not been as high at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Jo Humphries, personnel director, said: “Thanks to the success of the vaccination programme, Covid-related staff illnesses are lower compared to previous waves of coronavirus. We have introduced a new reward program for staff who volunteer to cover additional shifts in January to recognize their continued dedication and focus on maintaining the safe delivery of our services.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services, which operates Johnson Hospital, also continues to provide services.

Tracy Pilcher, Director of Nursing, AHPs and Operations at LCHS, said: ‘We continue to provide community health services to people in Lincolnshire, despite the effect of Covid-19 on our workforce and we are moving staff between services where they need it most to support ongoing safe care.

“We urge local people to help us help them by ensuring they seek help from the most appropriate health services. If you are not feeling well, visit NHS 111 online for advice 24 hours a day. 24 and 7 days a week on the most appropriate care for your needs.

“NHS 111 has a team of professionals and trained clinicians who provide telephone triage and can offer pre-booked face-to-face appointments with a GP out of hours or at a center emergency treatment.”

Lincolnshire County Council says he has not suffered any disruption to his services.

Policing in Lincolnshire was also unaffected by staff absences.

However, the National Police Chiefs Council has reported that the forces are experiencing a shortage of test kits.

Chief Inspector Pat Coates said: ‘We have some staff currently on furlough for Covid-19 related reasons but it is a small amount and we have not yet experienced any impact or harm on delivering effective policing in Lincolnshire.

“We continue to monitor absence rates and follow national guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.”