We’ve been reporting from the Royal Blackburn hospital seeing how they have revolutionised the way they work to deal with the challenges thrown. Up by coronavirus and what they’ve learned from this pandemic could have profound effects for the future in the last of her exclusive reports here’s our health correspondent Jill termagant it’s. VE Day and the radiographers have decided to cheer up the corridor we just made these this morning and so just out of paper plates are natural cake hold us. And then just made them up and then just cut those open just put them up with some string the. Current situations forcing everyone to make the best of what they’ve already got on the general ward they’re trailing. Drugs already used for other conditions to see how they can help Kovac patients it’s a mixture of antiviral medications antibiotics and steroids and these drugs.
Are available for other illnesses but not obviously for Ovid it’s part of a huge national research trial known as recovery they are looking to get interim results in you know the next. Few weeks and that would be really encouraging because if they can identify one or. More of those drugs to be actual a benefit to the patients then there is a chance that they can roll that drug out more widely in another Bay on the kovat ward Susan’s being. Helped to lie on her side so she can breathe more easily so the principles are that you do a. Couple of hours only front a couple of hours on you side moving around so it just keeps your.
Blood flowing and he make mix your Airways often up easy yeah I feel called fear on my side is it easier to breathe yeah yeah until. Now the technique known as proning was only generally used on. Patients who were largely unconscious traditionally it was only used for really sick patients with vom specific condition but now actually it’s like I say it’s so simple why did we. Not think of it before Jane Dean’s now working on a study to see which other patients might be helped by the same technique it’s amazing. How quickly things can happen when you really need them so and I think it’s because everybody’s working together on all worlds the advent of zoom. Has helped patients and their families stay connected resuming nearly every day and do it on all our patients and the outcome of it all’s.
Been really really positive staff have realized that many of the cults have included people who wouldn’t have been able to visit even in normal times but we’ve had. People from out of the UK joining the chat with a people from in London where they wouldn’t normally be able to come and visit Phil Ivana in hospital at least they can see him. Through the zoom chat something that we’ve never been able to do before or we’ve never thought of doing and it’s that’s become a real. Good positive and I hope that we’ll be able to carry on the hospital’s using similar technology to fulfill many outpatient appointments something else they’ll be looking to develop in the future things that would.
Have possibly taken us month or even years have been put in place in days but in these six weeks with use of technologies we have very successfully conducted patient interviews patient assessment this crisis. Has proven the opportunity of how we can work differently back on the general kovat ward one of the patients is waiting for a medication pack Toni came here six days earlier after. A month spent fighting the virus at a CT scan which revealed small clots and the lung is caused by the virus which is a. Known effect of it so being treated for those and antibiotics as a precaution and I was on oxygen for a few days as well were you worried when you were in. Here how can you not be worried you just don’t know the way this thing’s gonna go today Toni’s going home people you’ll walk out of here I’m a 64 year old type 1.
Diabetic so I’m obviously in the risk group yeah I’ve been in here and I’m walking out the first phase of this crisis appears to be easing now it’s a case of getting. Ready for the long haul I think the new normal is gonna be a new normal we’re not entirely sure that a new normal looks like yet but we’re.
Planning for it and we’re going to be ready for it we’ll just get on with it and get used to it and make it work.