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United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Peterborough City Hospital leaders say 'tried and tested plans' in place to cope with Covid surge

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South Holland patients have been told that hospitals in the area have ‘tried and tested’ plans to cope with any surge in demand due to Omicron.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) and Peterborough City Hospital has reassured patients that care can be delivered thanks to detailed plans.

While studies have found that Omicron does not create severe disease, nationally there have been concerns about the pressure placed on the health service.

ULHT’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Evans. (54072496)
ULHT’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Evans. (54072496)

ULHT, which runs Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, said that it works closely with local, regional and national partners to ensure services can operate effectively.

Chief Operating Officer Simon Evans said: “This system approach to working has supported us to maintain essential services, such as urgent and emergency care, and to recover a significant number of our services as the pandemic has progressed so they can once again operate at pre-Covid-19 levels wherever possible.

“While we are unable to know for certain what challenges lie ahead, we are confident that detailed plans are in place to ensure care can be consistently delivered during winter and in the event of a surge in demand related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“These plans also include learning from our past responses to ensure we are better prepared moving forward.”

Peterborough City Hospital, which is part of the North West Anglia Trust, also said that plans are in place to meet demand.

A spokesman said on Thursday last week: “While our hospitals are busy, we are operating safely and ensuring patients are experiencing good care.

“Like many hospitals, we are experiencing higher-than-usual levels of staff sickness. We are grateful to our staff for stepping up to fulfil additional shifts to ensure we can minimise any rota gaps.

“We have tried-and-tested surge plans in place and we are working with our regional and national colleagues to understand the impact of the pandemic on our region, both now and in the coming weeks ahead.”

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