Some of the leaders of the NHS community in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin today paid tribute to the work of frontline staff over the last year, but particularly the Christmas holiday period.
The Festive Season is always among the busiest periods for many NHS services.
David Evans, Chief Officer of Telford and Wrekin CCG and Dr Caron Morton, Accountable Officer for Shropshire CCG joined in saying: “We see on a daily basis how frontline NHS staff respond magnificently to the challenges the NHS faces in our area. This has been a year of record activity but the people who make our local health services work continue to do so with complete dedication.
“We would particularly like to pay tribute to those who have worked over the holiday period when the closure of GP surgeries, the bitter weather and other seasonal challenges have all placed extra pressure on services. Some of the pressure on services has been incredible and that deserves admiration from everyone.”
This message was echoed by Peter Herring, Chief Executive of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), who said: “We have faced perhaps the busiest lead-up to Christmas and its aftermath that many of us can ever recall.
“I have been immensely impressed by, and proud of, the dedication and resilience of our front-line teams and operational managers across both our hospitals under extremely challenging circumstances. I very much appreciate the great support we have had from our partners across health and social care to help us improve flow through the hospitals.
“I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to everyone for the great job they do day-in-day-out to help provide our patients with the best possible care, even during these very difficult times.”
Local GP leaders also looked forward to the New Year and thanked staff for their efforts in 2014.
Dr Michael Innes, Stritchley GP and Clinical Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG said: “This festive season and the start of a new year is a great time to make plans for maintenance of our health. We all have our part to play in that, from healthy person, through patient to professional.
“We have heard over the Christmas break how busy services have been. I should like to recognise and thank most fully all those in the health and care services, including the unspoken voluntary heroes, who have often gone the extra mile to make this a safe and healthy time in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.”
Dr Peter Clowes, GP and clinical lead for Urgent Care for Shropshire CCG said “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff working at this time of year under extreme pressure. We are really pleased with the way teams are working together, side by side to help Shropshire people have a better experience of health care.
“At Royal Shrewsbury Hospital we are seeing positive signs that the new urgent care service, within the recently relocated Walk in Centre, is making a real difference for our patients. There are also improvements in getting people home from hospital sooner through our projects on better integrated care and hospital discharge.
“I would like to thank all staff across the local authority and the community hospitals who have made these projects happen. The energy and speed with which staff have helped to get people home safely from hospital is something to be proud of.”