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Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn has called off its staff awards evening due to take place on Thursday due to the surge in Covid cases.

The glittering 'Dress to Impress' night at the Great Barn at the Knights Hill Hotel was originally due to happen in November but was called off then because of the pandemic.

Now it has happened again and the event will be live-streamed without guests.

Team QEH awards logo (55478974)
Team QEH awards logo (55478974)

Caroline Shaw, QEH chief executive, said: “We have taken the very difficult decision to move our Team QEH Staff Awards evening from a face-to-face to a virtual event this Thursday evening.

“This follows a worrying spike in the number of Covid cases locally, the risk of transmission remaining very high and the requirement for us all to ensure we play our part in maximising safety for our patients, ourselves, and our loved ones to prevent the unnecessary spread of Covid.”

Covid cases at QEH and in West Norfolk have increased significantly in recent weeks, and as of today QEH has 120 COVID positive inpatients in its care.

The significant progress that has been made at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn (QEH) in just three years between 2019 and 2022 has been recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (55479041)
The significant progress that has been made at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn (QEH) in just three years between 2019 and 2022 has been recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (55479041)

This is the highest number of cases at QEH since May 2020 and cases have doubled in the last two weeks alone.

This mirrors the community prevalence, which is an increase of 75 per cent in Norfolk in the last week, with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk having the highest rates in the county.

The Team QEH award recognise the contributions made by individuals and teams across the hospital estate over the past year.

A letter to staff at the hospital from QEH King's Lynn Trust chair Steve Barnett said: "Dear Colleague, It is with very heavy hearts and reluctance, that we write to inform you that we have today taken the very difficult decision to move our Team QEH Staff Awards from a face-to-face to a virtual event this Thursday evening."

Covid cases at QEH and in West Norfolk have increased significantly in recent weeks, and as of today we have 120 Covid-positive inpatients in our care. For context, this is the highest number of cases at QEH since May 2020. This mirrors the community prevalence, which is an increase of 75 per cent in Norfolk in the last week, with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk having the highest rates in the county.

"We have higher numbers of staff testing positive for Covid compared to our neighbouring hospitals and need to ensure we all continue to take the necessary precautions to maximise safety for our patients, their families and our staff.

"Given the worrying spike in the number of cases, the risk of transmission remaining very high and the requirement for us all to ensure we play our part in maximising safety for ourselves, our loved ones and our patients to prevent the unnecessary spread of Covid – we have taken appropriate advice from our Infection Prevention and Control team and external colleagues, and after much discussion, we have taken the very difficult decision to move our awards on Thursday to an online event.

"This ensures we can celebrate Team QEH’s fantastic achievements and go ahead with our awards (though not in the way we would have wished) – but in a safe way. This has been a really tough decision, but on balance, one we feel is the right one given the very high Covid numbers we are experiencing.

"We are sorry to change the format of the event at this late stage, recognising you may have already made plans in preparation for attending. We hope you can understand why this change in format has been necessary and hope you will still be able to join us."



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