CHP is actively helping the NHS by working to support the setting up of Covid vaccination centres across the country. We have worked to set up more than 90 live sites so far (15 Feb), with many more in the pipeline as the vaccine is further rolled out. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP, visited Waldron Health Centre, in Lewisham on the first day of vaccinations on Friday 8 January. Watch the video below:
Be sure to get vaccinated as soon as you’re asked
— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) January 12, 2021
Thanks are pouring in from GPs, Trusts, patients and others for the work which is being done – one example of which is at the Vallance Centre, Manchester, where volunteers have described it as the best most efficient site they have worked in and where more than 500 vaccinations a day are being carried out. Patients have also been displaying their thanks on message boards in the centre and GPs have been particularly complimentary about our support. Read more Vallance Centre vaccination hub news (22 Jan 2020).
In Bingley, in Yorkshire, the Practice Manager Carey Dawson, from the Canalside Health Care Centre, was full of praise for CHP team and our efforts in supporting their vaccination programme. You can watch the video here:
There are many other examples of this type of work across the country from Cornwall to Cumbria.
“We are extremely proud of the work of our teams in supporting the NHS from the start of this pandemic and especially now during the effort to vaccinate the vulnerable, front-line health and care workers and others,” said Dr Sue O’Connell, CHP CEO. “ We will continue to put every effort into the fight against Covid.”
CHP supported the opening of the first coronavirus hot hub in the country on 27 March 2020 in London by reconfiguring space and providing specific pathways for staff and Covid-19 patients. Since then we have worked with local health systems, local LIFT Companies and other partners to set up another 30 hubs, often completing work within a few days of receiving the initial request.
Responsive building changes
We have undertaken a range of changes to buildings working together with commissioners and providers to ensure the best possible configuration to deliver what was needed to deal with both patients who might have Covid-19 symptoms and those who did not but still required medical treatment or appointments.
These have included:
- Converting a traditional primary care health centre into a 72-bedded hospital facility;
- Creating separate contained areas within health centres to separate Covid and non-Covid patients
- Providing external areas for testing and ensuring all relevant safety guidance is followed to keep patients and other necessary visitors safe
- Replacing seating or other materials, like a carpet, with other materials which support Covid cleaning regimes.
The CHP Contracts team has worked closely with all our suppliers to cope with the massively increased demands, particularly around cleaning.
CHP is working together with tenants and partners to manage any ongoing changes.
Teams are visiting sites where necessary and holding regular on-line Building User Group (BUG) meetings to ensure that we are working together with tenants to make sure they have all they need. Guidance has been produced on a range of topics, including health and safety risk assessments. CHP has ensured that hand sanitiser units are available at the entrances of every building and outside lifts to support the appropriate measures to combat Covid-19.
We are taking the necessary steps to support social distancing in common areas as well as offering advice on other measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. This includes, but is not limited to, providing and placing floor stickers and advice notices, and removing or taking out of commission seating to enhance infection prevention and control measures.
All CHP, LIFT Company and facilities management personnel are required to wear face masks. Such masks must be, as a minimum, to Type IR standard. Where people may be exempt under the guidance, we have requested that they wear visors instead.
If you need any help or information on the above, please contact your Tenant Liaison Manager for information or email email@example.com