Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is playing a central role in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak across our communities. Our hospitals are now preparing for a significant increase in patients needing support on our intensive care units over the coming weeks. Plans include accelerating the opening of 10 new Intensive Care beds at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, embedding new digital solutions to monitor and communicate with patients and carers, providing enhanced training for staff and deploying a skilled volunteer workforce to support the needs of both patients and staff. Please click here for the most up to date advice and guidance from the Trust.
In response to this and in consultation with clinicians and managers across our hospitals, we have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to help our staff provide the best possible care for these patients. The fund is designed to accelerate and increase our intensive care bed capacity and provide support for frontline staff at a time of unprecedented demand on our services.
The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will support our hospitals in three key areas:
- New Equipment – Including scanners, blood gas machines and patient vital-sign monitors
- New Technology – Including remote monitoring devices, digital consultation tools and mobile tablets
- Support for Frontline Staff – Including the creation and establishment of Health and Wellbeing hubs at our hospitals to provide respite, information and refreshment for our teams; and the recruitment and deployment of a specialist volunteer workforce to support staff and patients on our wards and across our organisation
We are now appealing to our community of friends, benefactors and partners to support us in establishing the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and ensuring staff across Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are best equipped and prepared to provide vital care to our patients and all those in our community affected by the COVID-19 virus.
Please click here if you would like to support the fund: https://www.cwplus.org.uk/donate/
Please note, any unspent funds from this appeal will be used to support CW+’s core programme of work across Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
For further advice and guidance on the COVID-19 virus, please visit https://111.nhs.uk/