East Riding's Health and Wellbeing Board meets for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic

Fri, 03 Jul 2020
On Thursday, 2 July the East Riding's Health and Wellbeing Board met to discuss the impact of coronavirus on residents right across the East Riding.

NHS organisations, along with the community and voluntary sector and local authority, explained how they had dealt with the pandemic, what the pressures had been and how these had been managed. The Board heard about the great team work right across the health and care system and the impact on people living in communities from elected members.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, chair of the Board said: "In view of the huge impact and suffering from the coronavirus, it was really pleasing to hear that all organisations had pulled together with mutual aid and support to do their very best for East Riding residents.

"I also want to pay tribute and to put on record the Board's huge thanks for the magnificent work, professionalism and terrific determination and kindness of all health and social care staff at all levels for their brilliance in dealing with this hidden enemy working around the clock in very tough and challenging circumstances.
"The tireless and wonderful work of all the volunteers and community groups with everyone pulling together in their streets, villages and towns right across the East Riding has been so vital to support our residents, especially as our area covers almost 1.000sq.m."

The Board discussed how prepared partners were for any second peak in the virus, the challenges and pressures from winter and what levels of elective activity could be expected over the forthcoming months.
It was recognised that strong and effective communications was crucial to manage the expectations of residents in these unusual times.

The Board heard contributions about the growing pressures in mental health, the work to consider the impact on BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities, how support to carers was being provided and what considerations there were for the future on these crucial issues as we start to come further out of lockdown. 

Councillor Owen added: "We all have an important role in providing reassurance and confidence as many people are worried and anxious and that everyone must continue to adhere to the social distancing rules which is the best way to protect vulnerable people across the East Riding.
"In addition we must also follow the rules for any outbreaks and comply with the Prevent - Notice - Act messages that are being communicated to everyone.
"This is so crucial to support businesses to get going again and to maximise what we can all do whilst having to live with coronavirus around us until a vaccine is available".
The Board will continue to oversee the strategic health and wellbeing issues over the next few months and beyond and how everyone works together in dealing with this next phase in supporting East Riding residents.

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