West Sussex NHS chief has ‘never been more proud’ than during coronavirus fight

Every hour of every day, the dedicated workers of our NHS are on the front lines saving our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 5:27 pm

The coronavirus crisis has brought the importance of their service into sharp focus and led to a national outpouring of appreciation and gratitude.

In West Sussex, we are lucky enough to fall under the outstanding Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chief executive, Dame Marianne Griffiths, said she had never been more proud of her staff than during the past days and weeks.

“Right across our hospitals people have moved mountains to prepare us to be able to cope with the demands that coronavirus is now imposing on us,” she said.

Marianne Griffiths has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal chief executive of the year award SUS-160920-092234001

“From our A&E and critical care units to our medical wards and a whole range of supporting services, we have carried out what is effectively a complete redesign of the way our hospitals work in an incredibly short space of time.

“Those efforts are now being matched by the lengths our doctors, nurses and clinical and non-clinical colleagues alike are going to – both on the front line and behind the scenes – to save lives and support each other through this emergency.

“I know how much they appreciate all the support and the kind words and gestures they have received from the communities we serve, and thank everyone for playing their part by staying at home and protecting the NHS.”

Dame Marianne said while all non-urgent operations had been cancelled, serious injuries or medical emergencies could still be assessed at A&E.

Appointments can be held remotely via videolink, she added, and pregnant women could still access huge amounts of advice and support through the online Family Assist service.

“Please carry on following the latest government guidance but do also remember that we are still here for you,” she said.