The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthcare Infrastructure

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthcare Infrastructure met on the 18th January to discuss, “How the NHS Estate can support communities during COVID-19”.

Kate Edwards, Community 1st Health Development Director, was invited to speak at the meeting to update the APPG on “LIFT response to the Covid-19 Pandemic”. Kate informed the APPG on how the COVID 19 pandemic highlighted the need for a primary care estate that could deliver a wide range of clinical and community services, efficiently and, at pace.

The Community 1st LIFT Estate has an inherently flexible design, resulting in numerous adaptations that were achieved quickly allowing the facilities to respond to immediate changes in service demand during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Summary of Community 1st list of adaptations in response to Covid 19 Pandemic across Community 1st Oldham, Cornwall and Sheffield:

  • COVID 19 testing stations were created at the Integrated Care Centre in Oldham, Wincobank Medical Centre, and The Flowers Medical Centre in Sheffield
  • Creation and installation of Infection, Prevention and Control pathfinder project at Integrated Care Centre in Oldham to deliver zero pathogen environments. Allowing facilities to maintain ‘business as usual’ service delivery in high risk infection areas without additional burdens on staff or reduced clinical capacity (supported by LumiBio)
  • Interim drive through assessment centre for chronic illness at Truro Health Park in order to safely see chronically ill patients who rely on the NHS every day
  • Installation of protective screens for reception throughout the Community 1st estate
  • Extending opening hours
  • Helpdesk protocol altered to prioritise Covid 19 considerations
  • Property Manager rota revised to ensure 2 x managers on call at all times

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthcare Infrastructure is a cross-party forum that seeks to highlight the importance of the physical infrastructure of health and social care and how high-quality health infrastructure is essential to the delivery of high-quality healthcare to patients. The APPG for Healthcare infrastructure is a cross-party group of parliamentarians and is not an official body of the UK Parliament.

Community 1st private sector partner is proud to be a Group Sponsor of the APPG for Healthcare Infrastructure.

Link attached to view the full APPG Healthcare Infrastructure meeting on “How the NHS Estate can support communities during COVID-19”

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