Pharmacy services at Newcastle Hospitals thank the public for their support during Covid – 19
Pharmacy colleagues across Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and Freeman Hospital have thanked the public for their support during the Covid-19 response.
Pharmacy staff have united, retrained and redeployed to support their critical care colleagues on the front line.
Critical care pharmacist Katie Bell has been retraining senior clinical pharmacists from elsewhere in the Trust. Speaking about her experiences during the pandemic, Katie says:
“This has been quite a stressful time for us as we didn’t know what was coming but we anticipated that a lot of patients would be unwell and need our support.
“I have been retraining colleagues so that we can work together to provide safe, appropriate medicines for our critically unwell patients who have quite complex needs.
“It has been especially difficult not seeing our family members during this time but it’s been really important to know we have the support of the nation behind us. It’s heartwarming to feel appreciated by everyone and to see messages of support and donations coming in.”
Pharmacy stores assistant Marcus Killen has also adapted his crucial role to maintain the supply of medicines to wards wearing PPE:
“The past few weeks have been quite scary and unnerving at times but we’ve really pulled together as a team to keep patient and staff safety at the forefront of everything we do. The outpouring of support from the nation is extremely motivating for us all and we thank everyone for their support.”
Speaking about how the team have adapted, Director of Pharmacy Neil Watson, said:
“During a time when anxiety levels are high I’ve been extremely impressed and proud to see how all the different areas of our department have pulled together to provide the best possible care for our patients at Newcastle Hospitals.”
Page last updated: 29 May, 2020, 8:49am