Media Roundup 14th January – 27th January

Cheshire Covid vaccine roll-out ‘going well’ as NHS strained

Northwich Guardian, 16th January – A week ago, half of the patients in The Countess of Chester were those being treated for Covid-19, but on Sunday the Trust’s Chief Executive — Dr Susan Gilby — said this figure was now past 60 per cent.The latest NHS England data suggests that as of Monday January 11, 258 people were being treated for coronavirus — the highest number yet during the pandemic.

It’s also an increase of 20 from when Dr Gilby revealed The Countess had the ‘highest number’ of Covid-19 patients ‘in the north west’ a week ago.

New Covid vaccination centre for Cheshire and Merseyside announced

Northwich Guardian, 15th January – St Helens RFC’s stadium will be the site of the mass Covid-19 vaccination centre in Cheshire and Merseyside, it has been announced.

Led by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the centre will open at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Monday, January 18, using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

‘Relief and emotion’ as first patients use Merseyside’s mass covid vaccination centre

Liverpool Echo, 18th January – The first patients to be seen at the first NHS large-scale Covid-19 mass vaccination centre in Cheshire and Merseyside said they felt “quite emotional” being a part of what is being described as “the biggest immunisation programme in health service history.”

Pictures show the first day of St Helens mass covid vaccination centre

Liverpool Echo, 18th January – Pictures offer a glimpse into the first day at the first NHS large-scale Covid-19 mass vaccination centre in Cheshire and Merseyside. Following the announcement last Friday, the large-scale vaccination facility opened its doors this morning at the Totally Wicked Rugby League Stadium in St Helens.

Led by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the centre is using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to help protect people against the virus. It will be able to deliver thousands of Covid-19 vaccines every week as part of the national vaccination programme and the venue has been launched in addition to already established local GP-led and hospital vaccine services.

Extra capacity set up to help NHS battle Covid-19

Liverpool Echo, 21st January – In Wirral, the most recent numbers which go up to January 12, show that 252 people were being treated for Covid-19 in the borough’s hospitals. Amid the growing pressure on Wirral’s NHS, the ECHO understands that additional units in the community are being opened.

A spokesperson for Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, said: “The NHS is using additional capacity to support patients who need ongoing support and rehabilitation care, which means people get the support they need safely while also allowing staff in our main hospital site to care for the increased number of Covid patients who need treatment.

“This is part of our established contingency and mutual aid planning and we will be working closely with colleagues across Cheshire and Merseyside to maintain treatment for everyone who needs it, but crucially the public can help us to reduce pressure on services by following national guidance and reducing the spread of the virus.”

Cheshire and Merseyside step up COVID vaccine roll out

Cheshire’s Silk 106.9, 25th January – Delivery of lifesaving Covid-19 jabs will begin today at pharmacies in Crewe, Alsager and St Helens as the NHS accelerates the biggest vaccination programme in its history. These new venues will support efforts to get the vaccine out to those in high risk groups, as quickly as possible.

Cheshire and Merseyside receive over 200,000 Covid jabs

The Standard, 22nd January – More than 200,000 coronavirus vaccine jabs have been administered by healthcare workers across Cheshire and Merseyside in the fight back against Covid-19. New NHS England data shows that from December 8, 2020 to January 17, 2021 a total of 174,592 first dose jabs were delivered across the two counties, plus a further 26,628 quantities of the second booster dose.

The vaccine is your best protection from virus says Warrington doctor

Warrington Guardian, 23rd January – Our NHS teams have been working incredibly hard over the past few weeks to deliver coronavirus vaccines in our two GP-led community vaccination centres and at our care homes, at the same time as providing care to all those who need it and deal with the rising number of Covid cases.