Our hospital sites were reconfigured to support social distancing at the start of the pandemic. This meant introducing lots of changes to the fabric of our buildings – including installing marquees for testing, reception desk screens, miles of floor stickers to direct one-way travel, plus altering layouts in departments and public areas to ensure patients and staff can distance themselves.
Our Estates and Facilities staff across all our main hospital sites have sprung into action to support the many changes needed to ensure our hospitals continued to be a safe place to access during the pandemic.
And they have done this while also keeping the day job going as well – which involves monitoring the standards of cleaning, catering and portering services on our sites, overseeing building and redevelopment works and ensuring all routine maintenance takes place to expected standards.
Eric Fehily, Estates and Facilities Director for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our team have been tested by the pandemic, but they have pulled out all the stops to go above and beyond in their roles. For example, at the start of the pandemic, Kate (pictured) in our team co-ordinated a huge public campaign to collect and distribute extra scrubs for our staff when these were in short supply.
“I am immensely proud of the team for the way they have risen to the challenge and continue to do so 10 months on. They have worked tirelessly and actively embody our trust values through everything they do.”