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WORKING THROUGH A PANDEMIC – A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

A short documentary exploring the innovation and adaption that Oxford University Hospitals undertook in response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been filmed by the Trust.  The video, produced by Oxford Medical Illustration (OMI) and available to watch on YouTube, gives an insight from within the Trust as to how the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic was met through resourcefulness and teamwork.  The production shows what it is like to work through a pandemic and how the Trust and staff react to these pressures, as well as highlighting lessons learnt for the future.

OUH staff and a COVID-19 patient, who was cared for at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, speak about their experiences of the virus.  In the video, Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer at the Trust, said: “Our Intensive Care senior nursing team, in response to the pandemic, worked through very quickly how they were going to cope with this overwhelming demand from patients, and they ran a phenomenal programme refreshing skills for people who had been out of ITU (Intensive Treatment Unit) for some time.  They developed a team approach so it felt less stressful.”

Also in the video is OUH patient and COVID-19 survivor Ken Wood, who was cared for at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for 19 days due to the virus.

He received ventilator treatment on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for 13 days, and his two daughters were give compassionate leave to support his wife, Helen.  Ken, from Abingdon, said: “I will never forget what has been done for me, and what staff continue to do for others. I send my sincerest thanks and heartfelt gratitude

“You have worked tirelessly for someone who you didn’t know, to save their life. I wasn’t the only one there but you cared for me as if I was.”

He added: “I believe I have a second chance at life: a second chance to better appreciate my blessings, a second chance to show thankfulness and gratitude, a second chance to address my true priorities and show and reflect love and compassion in my life to others.”

‘Working through a pandemic – Lessons from COVID-19’ can be watched on YouTube.