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Trust CEO Warns of Longer-Term Fallout of COVID-19

Trust CEO Warns of Longer-Term Fallout of COVID-19

Date of release: 22 May 2020

For his contribution to #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, David Loughton, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Hospitals Trust Chief Executive, has thanked staff for responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and spoke of the potential wider fallout of the virus going forwards.

David is concerned about the effect COVID-19 will have on the mental health of Trust staff, but beyond that, the social and economic cost of the pandemic in the long term nationally. He joined staff from different parts of the Trust to take part in videos to show his act of kindness – the theme of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek – to the staff who have done so much to ensure the Trust has been able to cope with demand during the crisis.

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"I would like to thank all staff, volunteers and a wide range of other people that have assisted us so much over the last two months to deal with COVID-19. It has presented enormous challenges and I am pleased to say everyone has done so well,” said David.

But he also expressed his concerns at the knock-on effects for staff and their loved ones. “There is a ‘but’ and I realise a lot of you have been dealing with a lot of things that you would not have experienced over your professional and working life before,” he added. “I do have concerns going forward at the long-term effects that this may have on you because you have seen things you would not expect to see. We have put a number of measures in place in terms of counselling and other support but please do not be afraid to say ‘I am having difficulty dealing with this’.

“It’s not just at work; for myself personally and for a lot of other people we have all been concerned about the effects of COVID-19 but I have not been concerned at the end of the month whether I would have enough money to live on. I think we will see the long-term effects of this in the community and within our own families where partners, loved ones and friends have lost their jobs as a consequence of this. So some of the impact of the mental health issues going forward will be felt by us as a country for some considerable period of time.

“So please seek support and the help of others because your wellbeing is so important to me and your families’ wellbeing. It’s all part of the same. Thank you for what you have done and we wish you well the future.”

On the attached video montage, Lola Omotoso, Practice Education Facilitator and Health Care Assistant Lead for the Trust, shows her gratitude for the new Health Care Assistants who have thrown themselves into their work amid the challenges of COVID-19, Dave Ellis, Laboratory Manager of the Maxillo Facial Laboratory, thanks colleague Conrad Taylor for his outstanding work, Mish Cotterill, Audit Clerk for Cancer Services pays tribute to her line manager, Helen Milward, Directorate Manager for Cancer Services allowing her to work from home after she suffered kidney problems and Neelam Melay, Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for the Trust came up with the idea to hold up a candle for those key workers who said the weekly ‘ClapForCarers’ reminded them of the uncertainty they faced every day.

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