Unfortunately, yesterday’s report of a confirmed COVID-19 case at the NWRH was not the kind of news anyone wanted to hear.
Given recent history, we'd all hoped it would be a long time until we had another case in the north west.
However, this time around we know what we're dealing with and have been pushing to make the changes necessary to support front-line health workers, learning from last time to better prepare for any future case.
We know the hospital has been redoubling strictures around infection control and other procedures in recent days, but we also know there are many questions around the detail of the case and the impact this news may have on members.
Our Assistant State Secretary Robbie Moore has travelled up today to make sure he's on hand to assist, and we'll be speaking to the media about the importance of supporting fully operational health services across the north west health system.
With the Mersey still running on limited capacity it’s vital that the government acts to strengthen services for the benefit of both hospitals and the community right across the coast.
As always, if anyone has questions or wants to discuss please call us.