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Avon and Somerset Police say staff absence “thankfully low” despite covid pressure


Staff absence rates remain “relatively low” in Avon and Somerset Police despite the spread of the Omicron covid variant, the force said.

The news comes as several trusts across the country have declared critical incidents since early 2022 – including both in Bristol – amid growing staff absences caused by covid.

The two city trusts declared the critical incidents over the New Year’s holiday weekend to open additional beds and service spaces, as well as requesting additional staff.

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A total of 905 people were absent from work due to illness or self-isolation in the city’s two trusts, according to NHS data available from December 26, with covid-related absences accounting for just over one-third (317).

Avon and Somerset Police said members of the public can be reassured. The force’s ability to provide services is currently not significantly affected by the virus, despite the impact on colleagues in the other 999 services.

A spokesperson said: “The health and well-being of all of our employees is paramount.

“Measures remain in place to manage the spread of COVID-19 in all of our offices and stations and, where possible, staff continue to work remotely.

“Frontline officers and staff also continue to wear personal protective equipment to ensure their safety and that of the public.

“We have been monitoring absence rates within our organization very closely throughout the pandemic and thankfully they remain relatively low.

“Members of the public can be reassured that our ability to provide the services they expect from us are not currently significantly impacted by the virus.”

Bristol University Hospitals and Weston NHS Foundation Trust – whose hospitals include the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Weston General Hospital, among others – had 479 people absent from work on December 26.

The North Bristol NHS Trust – which covers Southmead Hospital and Cossham Hospital, among others – had 426 staff members absent from work due to illness or self-isolation that day.

A spokesperson for the health and care system in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – the Healthier Together Partnership – said last week that the entire health and care system is extremely busy and remains in its poor condition. highest alert.

He said: “The most important thing the public can do to protect themselves and support local services is to get their first, second or booster dose of Covid-19 vaccines. For a full list of Covid-19 vaccine sites, visit www.grabajab. report.”

The spokesperson gave a list of other ways the public can help the NHS, including calling 999 only in a serious or life-threatening emergency.

He said people should call or click 111 if they need urgent medical help and don’t know what to do, adding their extended team to 111 will get them to the most appropriate place.

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