Long Covid statistics

Grace Pritchard made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 15 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on the number of staff impacted by long Covid under your trust.

How many staff members were recorded to have had long Covid while working for your trust at any time in the period between March 2020 - September 2021?.

What were the five longest periods in days that a member of staff took a leave of absence due to long Covid in the time period between March 2020 - September 2021?

Could you state all leave of absences taken where long Covid was cited as the cause between March 2020 and September 2021.

Does your trust offer any specialised support for staff members living with long Covid? If so could you please provide details of these services.

What plans, if any, are in place to improve the support available to staff members who are living with long Covid while working for your trust?

Yours faithfully,

Grace Pritchard

Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Grace

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request. Please accept my
apologies for the delay in acknowledging your request.

 

We will deal with this request in accordance with your right of access to
information we hold under the Freedom of Information Act and I attach a
leaflet containing further information about both your rights and our
obligations under this legislation.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us at
[1][South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

Kind regards,

Rhoda Hunt-Martin | Information Governance officer
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 

Direct Line  | Web [2]www.swast.nhs.uk | E-Mail
[email address]

Trust Headquarters, South Western Ambulance Service, Unit 3, Abbey Court,
Eagle Way, Sowton Industrial Estate,, EX2 7HY

 

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Information Governance, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Grace

 

I refer to our acknowledgement on 29/11/21  in respect of your request for
information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.  A PDF
copy of our response is also attached – we are aware of a formatting issue
on the WDTK website which may affect the legibility of the tabled response
below. We are able to provide the following information:

 

Information requested Trust response
1.       How many staff members Please note we do not record Covid
were recorded to have had long separately from long covid and only
Covid while working for your record those absent due to a positive
trust at any time in the period Covid result and subsequent absence from
between March 2020 - September work.  Figures provided are for all
2021? Covid absences over 28 days (definition
of long term sickness).
 
 
 
·         190

 
2.       What were the five See note above
longest periods in days that a
member of staff took a leave of  
absence due to long Covid in the
time period between March 2020 - ·         495 days
September 2021?
·         344 days
 
·         324 days

·         314 days

·         304 days

 
3.       Could you state all We are unsure how this question differs
leave of absences taken where from question 2. Please can you clarify
long Covid was cited as the cause if you would like further information to
between March 2020 and September that provided in the rest of the
2021. response. 

 
4.       Does your trust offer The Trust has an internal Staying Well
any specialised support for staff Service (SWS) for all staff. They have
members living with long Covid? outreach support workers who have been
If so could you please provide supporting those with long Covid over
details of these services. the last 12 months. There has also been
a pot of funds allocated to giving
  grants to those who have been
disproportionately impacted by Covid,
including long Covid, for their
wellbeing needs.

 

The SWS also recently advertised a
retreat day for staff.

 

All staff members also have 1 to 1
support through their line managers.
5.       What plans, if any, are We have no specific plans to change the
in place to improve the support current support in place. However,
available to staff members who within one region one individual with
are living with long Covid while lived experience is in the process of
working for your trust? setting up a support group for long
Covid.
 

 

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Mr William Warrender

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Abbey Court

Eagle Way

Exeter  EX2 7HY

 

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Kind regards,

Rhoda Hunt-Martin | Information Governance officer
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 

Direct Line  | Web [1]www.swast.nhs.uk | Trust Headquarters, South
Western Ambulance Service, Unit 3, Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Sowton
Industrial Estate,, EX2 7HY

 

 

 

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