Stories from our people at the frontlinesOur response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Every day and night healthcare professionals give their all to care for patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and save the lives of those that are critically ill. We at Siemens Healthineers support them wherever and whenever possible. That’s why our 53,000 colleagues worldwide do everything they can to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. Here are just a few stories from Great Britain and Ireland.
Judy Cuthbert

Judy Cuthbert is the Clinical Marketing Manager for Ultrasound within GB&I.

Having joined Siemens Healthineers from the Royal Bolton Hospital in 2016, Judy re-registered as a Sonographer to offer her support as part of the NHS response to COVID-19.

Following the peak of the pandemic, the Royal Bolton Hospital called upon volunteers to help in their return to a new normal. Judy returned to her previous employers for four days initially, undertaking outpatient and non-urgent scans to relieve pressure on the department.

“It was lovely to see, albeit at a suitable social distance, my old NHS colleagues, who were surprisingly upbeat and very much displaying a ‘comrades in adversity’ approach. I’ll be continuing to scan at Bolton on the weekends for as long as they need me. From a personal perspective this is a really good opportunity to reconnect with customer challenges in providing ultrasound services.”

Katie Aspen - Returning to the NHS

Katie Aspin is a Clinical Applications Specialist within the GB&I Ultrasound team at Siemens Healthineers. Katie joined in 2018 but has voluntarily returned to her previous employer within the NHS to support in the national fight against COVID-19.

For twelve weeks, Katie has committed two days a week to work within an NHS department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where they are seeing a constant stream of patients.

“Maternity care has seen little change in workflow since the onset of the pandemic. Overall, the procedures in place within the department have created a calm environment where the safety of patients and staff is at the forefront of our work. It’s great to give back to the NHS and stand alongside colleagues, customers and friends in the fight against COVID-19.”

Maria Driscoll

As part of a scheme allowing Siemens Healthineers GB&I employees to take up to five days of paid leave, Maria Driscoll – Data Analyst, joined the NHS Volunteer Responders programme to offer her support at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her role for those five days was based at the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board headquarters, where she worked alongside the HR team as they onboarded large numbers of employees to staff the temporary Dragon’s Heart Hospital at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

“The team spirit in the NHS offices was overwhelming and I walked out on the final day immensely proud that I work for a healthcare company that lets me volunteer, and even prouder of our NHS”.

Worcester MES

As part of our Value Partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, the on-site operations team are working closely alongside NHS staff.

Team Worcester have sourced and distributed supplies to nurses, at the end of their shifts, to support morale on the front line. The team states that in this time of adversity, COVID-19 has in fact acted as a great unifier, where partnerships are equally friendships, with everyone working towards a shared goal.

Siemens Healthineers ventilator challenge

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Prior to the COVID-19 epidemic, Ali Burns, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers’ Sudbury Manufacturing facility, was in planning mode. Their manufacturing base in Suffolk had just celebrated 80 years of medical device production and a party was held for their current 380 staff, previous employees and family members. Plans were being made to grow the business and engage with the local community on apprenticeships and STEM programmes. All of those plans would shortly be put on hold as the scale and impact surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic slowly dawned on the world.