King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital calls off big awards night due to Covid fears
The Team QEH awards ceremony scheduled for next month has been called off due to Covid fears.
The awards honour staff throughout the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust, both on the 'frontline' and in support roles.
It was due to be held on Thursday, November 18, at the Knights Hill Hotel in Lynn.
But today trust chairman Steve Barnett and chief executive Caroline Shaw issued a joint statement that it will now be a virutal ceremony.
The statement said: "It is with regret that we’re writing to let you know that we have made the very difficult decision to change how we deliver this year’s Team QEH Awards meaning that the planned ceremony at Knight’s Hill on 18 November will no longer go ahead.
"This was not an easy decision to make, but one that we’re confident is the right decision to ensure that we continue to keep our patients, their families and each other safe as Covid-19 numbers and admissions to our hospital rise again.
"A short video highlighting how we have celebrated these winners will be shared across our social media channels on 18 November, in place of our original face-to-face awards ceremony.
"We’d like to thank you for your ongoing support. We hope to be able to celebrate our fantastic teams with you in the future."
At present there are 32 Covid patients in the hospital with two on ICU. There have been six deaths in the past week there, the highest for many months.
Laura Skaife-Knight, deputy chief executive, told the Lynn News that "although it is a real shame, on balance it was felt it was the right thing to do".