North East health boss warns of the ‘extreme and increasing pressure’ being put on the NHS due to Covid-19

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
A North East health boss has warned that Covid-19 is continuing to have a big impact on NHS services across the region.

Neil Halford, the medical director for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Integrated Care System, is warning that the NHS is continuing to work under “extreme and increasing pressure”.

It follows a rise in staff absence due to the need for self-isolation combined with an increase in the amount of patients being admitted to with Covid-19, as well as dealing with the usual winter pressures.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
A North East health boss has warned of the continued pressures still facing the NHS.A North East health boss has warned of the continued pressures still facing the NHS.
A North East health boss has warned of the continued pressures still facing the NHS.

He said: “GP practices, ambulance services and hospital trusts across the North East and north Cumbria continue to work under extreme and increasing pressure.

"This is due to rising staff absence levels due to sickness and the need for staff to self-isolate, increasing numbers of patients being admitted with Covid-19 and dealing with usual winter pressures.

“Our services and hospitals are doing all they can to manage these pressures and to minimise any impact the best they can.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“All staff across the health system are working very hard to care for patients during what is a very difficult time and we thank each of them for their continued effort, flexibility and dedication.

"Hospital trusts are continually reviewing their planned operations and procedures alongside caring for the sickest patients and ensuring infection prevention control measures can be adhered to.

"This a difficult balancing act and regrettably some planned operations and procedures may need to be postponed."

Read More
Plan B measures to remain unchanged despite ‘weeks’ of NHS pressure ahead - Bori...

The medical director is also urging people to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine as well as following the rules to reduce the spread of the virus.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

He added: “The best way to support your NHS is by getting vaccinated, washing your hands regularly, wearing masks and keeping rooms ventilated when you do mix with family and friends.

“The NHS is here to care for people and people should not delay seeking medical advice and help if they need it, but we ask them to think carefully about which service they access.

"If we all do our bit, we can reduce hospital admissions and prevent our loved ones from becoming ill."

Enjoy our headlines with fewer distractions and sign up to a digital subscription today - fewer ads, faster load times and all of the stories you need.

Your support for our journalism means we can continue supporting our communities for generations to come.

Click ‘Subscribe’ in the menu to find out more and sign up.