A message from Dr Sue Smith, our Chief Medical Officer:
In these very strange times due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the medical team have been extensively redeployed in order to support the NHS. The medical team is very diverse for the best care to the athletes and the general public visiting Badminton.
All of us have returned to the NHS and increased our hours with the general practitioners completely changing their working practices with virtual consultations, the trauma consultants continuing predominantly their day job, the intensive care consultants looking after the coronavirus victims but also designing new ventilators, repatriating via the military sick patients, and sifting through and evaluating the scientific literature for novel therapies to combat the virus.
Other members of the team have been working outside their normal field of medicine looking after the coronavirus patients on the medical wards,and manning extra shifts on critical care and extra A&E shifts.
The nurses have been looking after patients on the COVID wards, working in A&E and helping with sedation prior to ventilation of the most seriously ill patients.
The paramedics have been engaged in the front line looking after all emergencies and the mental health of the nation.
The St John volunteers have been supporting the NHS greatly in various roles.
The NHS is open for consultation if you or your family is unwell and emergency treatment is available. Please continue to maintain social distancing as it is the only way to keep the transmission rate down and prevent the second wave, keep safe and looking forward to seeing you all next year.
Dr Sue Smith
Chief Medical Officer
Above image: the Badminton medical team briefing for Badminton Horse Trials 2016