Our health event took place on Microsoft Teams Live and can be viewed here.
Ablen Dacalos talks about dementia care at Frimley Health
How are you managing staff who do not want to have the Covid-19 vaccination?
Choosing to receive the Covid-19 vaccination is a personal choice and as a Trust we have provided all our staff with the knowledge needed to be able to make an informed decision. We are encouraging all staff to take up the offer as it is the safest way to protect themselves, their loved ones and their patients.
Staff who have declined the vaccine will be approached by one of our vaccination team to discuss their decision and see if there is a particular reason or concern that can be addressed.
How soon will the eye unit at King Edward VII Hospital be open again?
Unfortunately we do not run the eye unit at King Edward VII Hospital, this service is run by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
When will patients be able to start making appointments for their routine clinics again?
Thank you for being so patient with us over the past year while we've had to put the majority of our elective services on hold due to the challenges faced by Covid-19.
The Trust will slowly start reintroducing halted services over the coming months and all patients waiting for appointments or procedures will be contacted by the relevant department to rebook.
Will the new Epic EPR work in alignment with other local hospitals systems? e.g. Royal Surrey
We are currently in the process of building our new Epic EPR system. One of our key considerations throughout will be to ensure information can be securely and effectively shared between systems whenever necessary, so that patients who get care elsewhere will still benefit from the Epic system.
How well has Frimley Health continued to deliver and treat non-Covid issues over the past year?
Despite the very high numbers of Covid patients in our care over the past year, most of our activity has continued to be non-Covid related. We have maintained full emergency services via both our emergency departments throughout the year, along with maternity services and most urgent cancer diagnosis and treatment. While we unfortunately had to cancel non-urgent elective (planned) care during the pandemic peak period, we have been leading the way on restoring elective, outpatient and diagnostic services on each occasion. For example, we were among the first in the country to restore the national access standard of more than 85% of cancer patients being treated within 62 days of referral. Sadly the pandemic has caused a significant backlog of patients on our waiting lists and we will continue to focus on treating as many of them as possible in the months ahead.