Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is continuing to hold online board meetings that can be attended by the public via a digital link.
David Walker, Chair of the Trust, has made this short video to explain some of the key topics discussed at the September 30 meeting.
He reported on preparations being made for a second wave of the pandemic – as cases rise locally.
“It could be, as we discussed, that our financial situation could be tougher in the second part of 2020- 2021 that we won’t be fully compensated for the costs of Covid which would clearly have an impact on our services unfortunately.”
David also revealed a move to electronic prescribing. “Our doctors, nurses, pharmacists will dispense with paper and using digital formulae will, we hope, produce a much more consistent and error-free means of helping our patients and services users with the drugs that they need.”
And he went on to talk about finding homes for ‘stranded’ patients.
He said: “Some of those …are well enough to go home but, unfortunately, they have no home to go to. We discussed ways in which might better collaborate with our colleagues in the district councils, the housing associations, and the voluntary sector to try to help those people find somewhere decent to live rather than stay unnecessarily on our wards.”
You can hear more of what David has to say here