Sussex NHS staff are praised for pulling together

Staff at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has been praised for pulling together by the chief executive.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 4:01 pm

Michael Wilson, CBE chief executive at SASH said he was ‘very proud ‘of the way in which staff have pulled together during the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “I have witnessed so many examples of people supporting each other and heard countless more; thank you.

“It is encouraging to see many people listening to the Government advice: stay at home, wash your hands, save lives.

Bill Kilvington retired at the end of 2019 from his role as associate director of women’s and children’s services. He returned during March to support SASH to prepare to combat the virus. SUS-200704-131309001

“It is vital that the public continue to follow this advice so services can be there for those who really need them.”

Lots of individual staff are going the extra mile too, a spokeswoman for the trust said.

Consultant surgeon Mr Simon Monkhouse phoned a local patient in their 90s to check how their recovery was progressing after a hernia operation.

Hearing that the patient and his wife were low on provisions, he personally dropped off bread, milk, toilet roll, fruit and vegetables on his way home after his shift.

Mr Monkhouse said: “It’s really important to check on everyone; a small act of kindness goes a long way for people who may not always ask for help.”

Other staff have returned from retirement to join the effort.

Bill Kilvington retired at the end of 2019 from his role as associate director of women’s and children’s services.

He returned during March to support the Trust to prepare to combat the virus.

For important information about coronavirus (COVID-19), updates on appointments and visiting the service, see www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

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