Tetbury Hospital supported the NHS fight against Covid-19 by lending lifesaving equipment to a frontline hospital. Our Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) and X-ray services have remained open as usual, helping take pressure off the major NHS trauma centres.

However, Covid-19 has now pitched us into uncertainty and as we slowly and safely reopen services it is becoming increasingly clear that the protective measures we must take to keep people safe are significant and very costly.

It will not be possible to see as many patients during a clinic as before and the cost of PPE is rising significantly. Additionally, in line with guidance to maintain patient safety and social distancing, we have relocated our MIU to another area of the hospital that has its own entrance. We also need to increase our staffing levels to manage the new clinical processes and to ensure that additional cleaning is undertaken in all areas, and in each consulting room, after every patient.

Funding that was available to us from the NHS before Covid-19 will be insufficient to cover our costs and the funding shortfall is bound to increase. It is vital that we navigate our way through these turbulent times to ensure that we can continue to care for you, your family and future generations.

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