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Discover the story of the COVID-19 pandemic at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through key artefacts, our in-depth timeline and news archive.

When the coronavirus crisis hit Bradford in early 2020, Trust staff were faced with responding to the ‘biggest global challenge since World War II’.

Find out more about how our amazing colleagues – and communities – responded below.

Qu’ran cube

As well as support from our Chaplaincy team, Muslim inpatients at Bradford Royal Infirmary with COVID-19 received a Qu’ran cube to support their spiritual needs.

Chaplain Ismail Syed said: “The Qu’ran Cube, consisting of the entire printed version of the Holy Qu’ran, has played a significant and instrumental role as a source of comfort for Muslim patients during the pandemic.

“These resources were provided by members of the Muslim community in order to ensure that Muslim patients, in their moments of trial and tribulation, and also in the moment of loneliness, were able to resonate with the Qu’ran cube.”

Church of England prayer cards and holding cross

Church of England prayer cards have been given to patients and their families during the pandemic.

Church of England Chaplain, Rev. Christopher Barnes, said: “One of the helpful things we have been able to do is to take around prayer cards and a holding cross from the Church of England.

“They have reminded people of their Christian faith and brought such hope. In particular, the holding cross has been a really wonderful gift to give to people at end of life, and this brings comfort to the patients, their families, and even to staff.”

PPE (Personal, Protective, Equipment)

The Trust set up a PPE Hub at the start of the COVID-19 crisis to ensure we could get national supplies of personal, protective equipment to all wards and staff that need it at the right time.

Sue Franklin, Associate Chief Nurse, said: “We deliver to the big areas like A&E, ICU, Ward 29 and Ward 31 (COVID-19 wards) twice a day.

“We’ve got staff who have been redeployed into the hub, myself including in that, and have worked hard throughout the pandemic to support our colleagues and make them feel safe while they are delivering care to our patients.”

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the launch of a high-profile appeal by Bradford Hospitals’ Charity.

Head of Fundraising, Hayley Collis, said: “The charity launched its own fundraising appeal in March 2020, and our community were tremendously generous in their support.

“They switched the events that we had to cancel to virtual fundraising. They donated, they brought in gifts in kind, and they truly, truly supported our NHS workers at a very difficult time.  Swing forward a whole year and we’ve raised a magnificent £390,000 which has supported our staff at the very time they need it. Huge thanks to the community for supporting us.”

Painted portraits

The dedication and bravery of Trust staff has been celebrated by acclaimed artists who have taken part in the nationwide Portraits for NHS Heroes scheme.

Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Christine Kelly, said: “This painting is one of many thousands, all telling a different tale, some with full PPE, partial PPE, and some, like mine, simply the face behind the mask.

“They all tell the story of the difficulties NHS employees have face during the COVID pandemic. When looking at this painting, it celebrates our achievements at this difficult time.”

Relatives’ Telephone Information Line

Restrictions on visiting inpatients during the pandemic saw a new way for loved ones to keep in touch, thanks to the launch of a dedicated relatives’ phone line which has been available seven days a week.

Relatives’ Line Volunteer, Angela Ratcliffe, said: “The relatives’ line has meant that we have been able to regularly update family members on the progress of their loved ones. And, in turn, this has taken the pressure off the nurses on our wards. All of us on the relatives’ line have been redeployed to the service.

“Throughout the past year we have had to deal with some very sad situations, but we are all extremely proud of the role we have taken during our COVID response.”

Timeline

Chinese epidemiologists at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention publish an article on January 20, 2020, stating that the first cluster of patients with ‘pneumonia of an unknown cause’ had been identified on December 21, 2019.

pic of the coronavirus

Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in central China reports a cluster of pneumonia cases in Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus is eventually identified.

virus cells in green dye

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the original outbreak.

Wuhan, China

The first case of COVID-19 is confirmed in Bradford. A woman from Ilkley is reported to have contracted the virus while on holiday in Italy. Two linked cases are also confirmed in Leeds following a joint trip to Iran, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 35. All of the newly identified cases are investigated and health officials begin tracing anyone who has had close contact with them.

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford issues refunds to customers who have bought tickets to view James Bond: No Time To Die (2020), after the release of the film is postponed due to coronavirus. The producers of the film - Daniel Craig's final run as Bond, said the release would be delayed from April to November after 'careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace'.

National Media Museum

Morrisons' in Bradford begins imposing item limits on online shopping as stock of popular items begins to plummet. In a statement from the chief executive, the supermarket giant said it would be increasing the amount of food it is making at its British manufacturing sites, the amount of stock being sent to stores from warehouses, extending its home delivery service, introducing temporary purchase limits on high-demand products and increasing cleaning in its stores.

Morrisons' lorry

In order to manage operational pressures, Bradford Teaching Hospitals makes the difficult decision to cancel all non-urgent elective activity (non-urgent operations) with immediate effect. As part of the NHS’ response to COVID-19, the Trust also introduces new rules on the number of family members who can visit inpatients.

Consultant Colo-Rectal Surgeon Jon Robinson pictured during an operation

Bradford-based international aid agency Human Relief Foundation begins using its expertise in relief work to help British residents in need. Mohammed Rahman, Director of Programmes at HRF, said: 'We have undertaken needs assessments, which is standard relief work practice, and from what we’ve learned, we’ll aim to provide a range of practical services to those individuals, and families, who are finding it difficult to access the help they require.'

HQ of the Bradford-based Human Relief Foundation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the first UK lockdown, telling the British public they will only be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons, including food shopping, exercise once per day, medical need and travelling for work when absolutely necessary. All shops selling non-essential goods must close, gatherings of more than two people in public are banned, and events including weddings – but excluding funerals – are cancelled.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals suspends all visiting across all hospitals as part of action to protect patients and staff. Visiting is suspended until further notice except in a few important circumstances. Our hospitals are also locked down with staff placed at entrances and exits to ensure only staff and patients who have been invited to attend one of our sites do so.

The University of Bradford offers an open invitation to help businesses making ventilators and other high-tech components needed by the NHS. David Barker, Technical Services Manager from the University of Bradford’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, says the university has a bank of high-spec machines ready at a moment’s notice. They include six specialist computer numerical control (CNC) machines, two lathes, four milling machines, and two polymer laser 3D printers. David added the machines could be used to make parts for ventilators and other hi-tech components needed by the NHS.

University of Bradford

PPE kit and stocks of ethanol are donated to local hospitals by the University of Bradford, The university has donated hundreds of pieces of protective eyewear, masks and its current stock of ethanol for cleaning medical equipment to local care facilities and hospitals. Plans also get underway to supply dozens more PPE gowns, shoe protection and more eyewear, as part of the national effort to support the NHS during the pandemic.

Dr Dinesh Saralaya in full PPE at BRI

Bradford Teaching Hospitals set ups a new telephone information line to provide basic details to relatives concerned about their loved ones, while they are in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. The telephone line is manned by clinical staff and available seven days a week, including bank holidays.

Relatives' Telephone Information Line, BRI

Brighouse engineering firm Flow Technology supplies 1,200 stainless steel parts for ventilators. Workers at the firm have been able to turn their hand to create the fittings which will allow the flow of oxygen to the equipment. Director Julian Selby says: 'We have long been associated with the medical gas supply industry but to be asked to help with this vital need for equipment has proved humbling and provided a sense of pride – the staff have been working flat out on a 24-hour basis to cover the quantities needed.'

A doctor adjusts a ventilator

As part of the NHS' response to the pandemic, Bradford Teaching Hospitals places further restrictions on visiting. In line with all hospitals across West Yorkshire, the Trust makes the difficult decision to end all face-to-face visiting on wards at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) where patients require mechanical support for their breathing.

NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and the Humber, a new, temporary hospital base providing 500 additional critical care beds in our region, should they be needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, opens at Harrogate Convention Centre.

Nightingale Hospital, Yorkshire and the Humber

BRI Respiratory Consultant Leanne Cheyne reports a 'good day' as some COVID-19 patients see their health return. Dr Cheyne, who is based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, says a lot of her patients have improved and are close to discharge. 'No time to rest yet but great to have some positive news', she adds.

Dr Leanne Cheyne ran the Bradford 10k for Bradford Hospitals' Charity

Representatives from West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service join staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary to applaud members of all our emergency services who have worked tirelessly to care for communities throughout the city during the pandemic.

clap picture during weekly pandemic clap to say thank you to NHS and emergency staff

Bradford City striker Billy Clarke puts two shirts from the Bantam's Chelsea FC Cup upset up for raffle to raise funds for good causes during the crisis. Billy sets up an online raffle to sell the two jerseys from the Bantams’ thrilling FA Cup victory at Chelsea in January 2015. The shirts are his own claret and amber one he wore during the match, and that of then Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas, which was donated to him after the clash. Billy hopes to raise funds for Bradford Hospitals' Charity and the Trussell Trust.

Billy Clarke and Cesc Fabregas following the Bantams' victor over Chelsea in the FA Cup. Billy later raffled off the shirt to raise funds for Bradford Hospitals' Charity.

Councils across England receive an extra £1.6 billion in funding to deal with the coronavirus emergency after complaints from local authorities that services could suffer. The Local Government Association (LGA) had said the situation could cause some councils to 'take extreme cost-cutting and rationing measures soon'. Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick claimed the extra money would boost the backing councils have received to cope with the pandemic to £3.2 billion.

The University of Bradford offers support to the NHS thanks to the early deployment of 400 students and staff to frontline healthcare roles. Student nurses, midwives and paramedics are already on the front line with more to follow, as part of the national COVID-19 response.

University of Bradford building

Work gets underway in Bradford to create a new COVID-19 testing facility at the University of Bradford's Great Horton Road car park, as the fightback again coronavirus continues. The testing centre offers assisted and self-administered tests, and forms part of a rapidly expanding network of sites being set up across the UK. A total of 36 regional testing sites have now been established nationwide.

A Covid-19 testing is set up at the University of Bradford's Great Horton Road car park

A life-sized version of Superman, complete with surgical mask, is auctioned by Hartleys Auctions in Ilkley to raise funds for NHS charities. The 6ft 10 inch limited edition statue was produced for the promotion of the 2006 movie Superman Returns, and is constructed from eight pieces of fibreglass.

Superman statue

In his first Downing Street press conference since being released from hospital after spending time in intensive care battling coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the country is now 'past the peak of this disease'.

Boris Johnson Covid press conference

The UK’s declared death toll from coronavirus rises to more than 32,000, passing Italy’s total and becoming the highest in Europe.

lit candle in the dark

Selected cancer services at the Trust temporarily relocate to the Ramsay Yorkshire Clinic to protect high-risk patients during the Covid-19 crisis. Haematology and Medical Oncology cancer services from Ward 16 at Bradford Royal Infirmary operate as normal from the Cottingley site. Chemotherapy delivery and the Phlebotomy service (blood) for Haematology and Oncology patients, as well as Haemophilia services are based at the clinic. Haematology and Medical Oncology outpatients who need to be seen face-to-face are also triaged to the site. Transfusion delivery, however, remains at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Cancer services relocate to the Ramsay Clinic during the pandemic

The first wave of the pandemic peaks at the Trust with a total of 103 confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Boris Johnson announces the first easing of England’s lockdown, telling people they are allowed to sunbathe in parks and leave the house to exercise more than once a day.

Bradford's Central Mosque creates the 'Big Iftaar at Home' to celebrate Ramadan. Worshippers would normally flock to the mosque to mark the breaking of the fast. The mosque provides hot meals for the elderly and 60 asylum seeking-families and refugees living across the district, reaching communities from Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar and Syria.

Ramadan picture of a lamp lit in darkness

Bingley-based home shopping firm Damart launches a new Rainbow collection of clothing with 25 per cent of all sales for one week donated to NHS Charities Together. The Bingley-based company's collection features 17 pieces of bright clothing and footwear. Claire Brown, Damart's Online Merchandise Manager, says the company is hoping to raise £10,000.

Damart in Bingley

Eight-year-old Zach Walker begins a fundraising campaign for the RSPCA during lockdown. Budding artist and Thackley-resident Zach decides to draw portraits of people's pets to raise funds for the animal charity, which are posted on his Facebook fundraising group and sent to anyone who donates. All funds from Zach's artwork fundraiser go directly to helping the self-funded RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, and Bradford district branch.

domestic cat pic

Bradford electrical store Sonic Direct donates a fridge, coffee maker, kettle, microwave and DAB radio to help St Luke's Hospital staff relax during the pandemic. Robert Mucha, Sonic's Store General Manager, says: 'We have already donated goods for the staff and patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary, so we were more than happy to do what we could for our heroes at St Luke's.'

Sonic Direct donates electrical goods to St Luke's Hospital during the pandemic

Bradford Teaching Hospitals is among five trusts across England chosen to host new regional patient recruitment centres. Bradford's new research centre, part of a £7 million Government investment, will help people across the region take part in important late-phase commercial clinical and COVID-19 research. The new centre will be run by Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), which is based at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Lockdown measures are eased, with schoolchildren in England in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returning to the classroom.

school crossing sign

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sets out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs. From Saturday, July 4 he announces that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID-secure guidelines. From the same date, he states that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a COVID-19 briefing

Bradford's first COVID walk-in centre opens in Centenary Square, and is available for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus. The facility is located next to City Hall, and allows people who have symptoms of COVID-19 but don't have access to a car to get tested, either by booking tests or dropping in.

Centenary Square Covid testing centre

As the nation prepares to come together in a country-wide clap on July 5, – the 72nd birthday of the NHS – Bradford Hospitals’ Charity reveals the invaluable role the public has played in supporting patients and staff. Since launching its emergency NHS Hospital Heroes appeal on March 27, Bradford Hospitals' Charity – the charitable arm of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – has received more than £260,000 in donations and more than £140,000 worth of goods. This includes grants received by NHS Charities Together. Bradford Hospitals’ Charity has also approved around 90 funding applications across Bradford Teaching Hospitals worth almost £180,000.

ICU-physio-team-saying-thank-you-for-chair

Landmarks across the country, including the Women's and Newborn Unit and main entrance at BRI, are bathed in NHS blue to remember those we have lost during the Covid19 pandemic.

blue 72nd NHS anniversary

The first wave of the pandemic eases, with Bradford Teaching Hospitals reporting the lowest number of COVID-19 patients since March. On July 10, 2020, the Trust has a total of 28 inpatients with coronavirus. During the same week the hospital trust also sees its first 24-hour period with no positive COVID tests.

BRI exterior

A senior nurse who spent 41 days in intensive care at BRI due to coronavirus returns home after being given an emotional send-off by hospital staff. Colleagues gather to clap and cheer as 52-year-old Ayesha Orlanda, a Senior Sister at the hospital's Acute Dialysis Unit, is finally discharged.

Senior Sister Ayesha Orlanda is clapped out of the building after recovering from Covid-19

Bradford researchers are at the forefront of a major clinical trial into the treatment of COVID-19. The cutting edge respiratory drug to treat patients with COVID-19 and reduce the need for intensive care is being trialled at Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), based at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The treatment from Southampton-based Synairgen PLC uses a protein called beta interferon and has had positive results. The Bradford centre is one of only eight centres nationally to be chosen to take part in the trial.

Jamil Parapia taking part in the Novavax trial

During the month of June, 454 babies including nine sets of twins were born at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s maternity unit. Some of these ‘lockdown’ babies feature in BBC 1's 'Stacey Dooley and the Lockdown Babies'. The Panorama special, fronted by the acclaimed documentary film maker and TV personality on August 3, looks at how the COVID-19 virus is transforming hospital ante-natal care and birth, and what it has been like for mums giving birth during a pandemic.

Stacey-Dooley-and-the-Lockdown-Babies-BBC-Panorama-5-covidmum-Mania-Mahmood-and-baby-Hanna

Staff begin to contact patients about the re-start services originally brought to a halt in the spring to allow colleagues to care for significant numbers of patients hit hard by the first wave of the pandemic. Routine breast screening for women across Bradford, Airedale, Kirklees and Calderdale begins on August 24.

Pennine Breast Services video

Community Action Bradford and District asks people to support them in their campaign to make and donate face coverings to vulnerable people. The voluntary group produces an information pack in multiple languages explaining how to create a face covering, and asks people to deliver them to drop-off points in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.

Portrait of a girl covered with homemade mask for prevention during covid-19 pandemic

Visiting restrictions at Bradford Teaching Hospitals are updated. Most visiting remains suspended at all our hospitals to help keep patients and staff safe. However, exceptions to this rule are made to reflect the reduction in COVID-19 cases nationwide.

The 'Thank U, NHS' spitfire flies over Bradford Royal Infirmary to pay tribute to brave staff as part of a whistle-stop tour which takes in hospitals in the East Midlands, North West and Yorkshire.

spitfire pic thank U NHS campaign

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launches a world-first COVID-19 vaccine trial, joining forces with partner trusts and GPs to deliver the first Phase 3 study to test the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by US biotechnology giant Novavax. Bradford becomes one of only three regional and 20 national centres to deliver it.

A Bradford Teaching Hospitals doctor who has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 – both as a medic and pioneering researcher – is awarded an MBE for his services to the NHS. Dr Tom Lawton MBE, an Intensive Care Consultant (ICU) and Anaesthetist and the Trust’s Clinical Head for Artificial Intelligence, receives the honour after being nominated for going ‘above and beyond’ by his colleagues at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Dr Lawton, 40, says the award is 'as much an honour for my many colleagues across the Trust who continue the daily fight to save the lives of patients during this pandemic, as it is for me'.

Dr Tom Lawton

COVID-19 figures rise across the country as the pandemic's second wave begins to bite. In order to keep patients, visitors and staff safe, Bradford Teaching Hospitals makes the difficult decision to tighten visiting restrictions once again.

BRI lights up to say thank you to the community

A total of 1,001 COVID-19 patients have now been discharged home from Bradford Royal Infirmary or are no longer receiving treatment for coronavirus, thanks to the brave and dedicated work of our staff.

discharged figure graphic

People who come to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s A&E department with minor conditions are re-directed to primary care to ease the pressure on emergency services as the NHS deals with a second wave of COVID-19 and winter. The Trust works with NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to introduce a system to make sure patients in need of emergency care are prioritised, with people who turn up to A&E with minor conditions re-directed to a more appropriate service away from the hospital.

Ambulances outside BRI A&E

The Trust extends the suspension of some non-urgent surgery and outpatient appointments for a further month, following a rise in the number of seriously unwell COVID-19 patients. The Trust is now caring for around 150 COVID-19 patients, with up to 30 requiring oxygen support via non-invasive ventilation (CPAP). Staff also see an increase in the number of patients in intensive care on mechanical ventilation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the start of the UK's second national lockdown, urging people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. The Prime Minister also announces the extension of the job furlough scheme through to March, extends support for the self-employed, provides cash grants for businesses who are closed, and gives £1.1 billion to local authorities in England to support businesses. A further £2 billion of funding is guaranteed for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Boris Johnson press conference Covid-19

The second wave of the pandemic peaks at Bradford Teaching Hospitals peaks on November 23 with a total of 179 COVID-19 inpatients at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

PM Boris Johnson announces that England’s temporary lockdown restrictions have come to an end. A new system of COVID restrictions comes into effect in England via the three-tier approach. However, the overwhelming majority of the population are still in the top two levels, including over 23 million under the strictest 'very high alert' tier three rules. In these areas, pubs and restaurants must remain closed, while hospitality businesses in tier two can only serve alcoholic drinks alongside a 'substantial meal'.

Boris Johnson at a Covid-19 press conference

Retried engineering supervisor William Drake, from Clayton, Bradford, becomes one of the first people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Bradford District. William, 85, has the jab at Bradford Royal Infirmary, marking the start of the district’s vaccine programme to protect patients, care home staff and frontline NHS workers.

William Drake pic

England's third national lockdown legally comes into force. The measures, which include a stay-at-home order and the closure of schools to most pupils, are announced by the Prime Minister. All of the UK is now under strict virus curbs, with Wales, Northern Ireland and most of Scotland also in lockdown. On January 5, the number of new daily confirmed cases of COVID in the UK topped 60,000 for the first time.

Goal taped up during lockdown

A new four-step plan to ease England's lockdown could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June if strict conditions are met, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces. Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality could reopen on 12 April in England under plans set out by the PM. From 17 May, two households might be allowed to mix in homes, while the rule of six could apply in places like pubs.

Beer garden

Schools reopen throughout England with pupils returning to face-to-face teaching. All students in secondary schools will be tested twice a week under new rules. Breakfast and after-school clubs can also start again, as well as other children's activities such as sport.

Fabulous staff and pupils from Holybrook Primary School have helped to decorate the area outside our Intensive Care Unit with awesome artwork. Huge thanks!

A total of 11 inpatients are being treated for COVID-19 at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Painted rainbow on the accessible entrance to BRI

COVID-19 news archive

More BAME volunteers needed to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials

BRADFORD Teaching Hospitals is appealing for more volunteers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) to play their part in the COVID-19 pandemic and sign up to a major vaccine trial. Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is currently working with partner trusts and GPs in the delivery of the world’s first Phase 3 study

Suspension of some non-urgent surgery and appointments extended

BRADFORD Teaching Hospitals has extended the suspension of some non-urgent surgery and outpatient appointments for a further month from today (November 4), following a rise in the number of seriously unwell COVID-19 patients. Over the last few days, Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) has seen admissions rise to around 150 COVID patients, with up to 30

Bradford doctor awarded an MBE for services to the NHS

A BRADFORD doctor who has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 – both as a medic and pioneering researcher – has been awarded an MBE for his services to the NHS. Dr Tom Lawton MBE, an Intensive Care Consultant (ICU) and Anaesthetist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Trust’s

World-first COVID-19 vaccine trial launches in Bradford

BRADFORD Royal Infirmary today rolled out a world-first COVID-19 vaccine trial. The development once again puts researchers at the hospital – part of Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) – in the spotlight, highlighting their commitment to improving the lives of patients and local communities. The Trust is working with partner trusts and GPs to

World-first COVID-19 vaccine trial in Bradford just days away

BRADFORD Royal Infirmary is just days away from rolling out a world first COVID-19 vaccine trial. The development once again puts researchers at the hospital – part of Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) – in the spotlight, highlighting their commitment to improving the lives of patients and local communities. The Trust will be working

Take part in vital research and help us live in a world without COVID-19

HELP us live in a world without COVID-19. There are currently no vaccines to prevent any of us from being infected with coronavirus. But here in Bradford, with your help, we are part of the race to find one. Without a vaccine against COVID-19, we all face living with the risk that new outbreaks of

Visiting rules at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Airedale Hospital

FOLLOWING the increased local restrictions introduced across Bradford district by the government on Thursday night, hospitals in the Bradford district are reminding everyone of the rules on hospital visiting to protect patients, staff, volunteers and visitors. Karen Dawber, Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are asking all members of the

Bradford Hospitals’ Charity funds wellbeing spaces for frontline staff

HOSPITAL staff on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 now have wellbeing rooms where they can take a break from the pressures of the pandemic, thanks to generous donations to Bradford Hospitals’ Charity [1]. More than 30 wellbeing rooms – affectionately named ‘wobble rooms’ – and two wellbeing gardens have been introduced across Bradford

Applause for brave Bradford health worker after 63-day Covid battle

A BRADFORD health worker has been able to return home to her family after a remarkable battle with coronavirus (Covid-19.) Colleagues who had nursed 62-year-old Health Care Assistant, Ethel Collins, lined up to clap as she finally left Bradford Royal Infirmary, where she had spent 63 days as a patient. She was admitted to the

Bradford Teaching Hospitals at the forefront of major Covid-19 trial

BRADFORD researchers are at the forefront of a major clinical trial into the treatment of coronavirus (Covid-19.) The cutting edge respiratory drug to treat patients with Covid-19 to reduce the need for intensive care, is already being trialled at Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), based at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching

Senior nurse is clapped home by colleagues after beating Covid-19

A SENIOR nurse who spent 41 days in intensive care due to coronavirus (COVID-19) has today (Monday, July 20) returned home after being given an emotional send-off by hospital staff. Colleagues from four wards at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) gathered to clap and cheer as 52-year-old Ayesha Orlanda finally left the hospital, part of Bradford

How your donations are making a difference to our hospitals every day

AS THE nation comes together in a country-wide clap of thanks this Sunday – on the 72nd birthday of the NHS – Bradford Hospitals’ Charity can reveal the invaluable role the public has played in supporting patients and staff. Since launching its emergency NHS Hospital Heroes appeal on 27 March, Bradford Hospitals Charity – the

Trust nurse who lay in Covid coma thanks colleagues for saving her life

A BRADFORD Teaching Hospitals’ nurse who lay in a coma for 40 days after contracting Covid-19 (coronavirus) has thanked colleagues for saving her life. Susamma Mathai, a Nurse Associate at Bradford Royal Infirmary, was given an emotional send off by those who had looked after her as she left hospital to be reunited with her

Health experts urge safety-first approach as restrictions ease again

FOLLOWING the continued easing of lockdown restrictions, health experts from Bradford have joined forces to reinforce the importance of safe social distancing. Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ Associate Director of Research, Dr Dinesh Saralaya, and Consultant Respiratory Physician, Dr Abid Aziz, will feature on Sunrise Radio today from 5pm with an important message for our South Asian

NHS nationwide set to say ‘thank you’ to mark 72nd anniversary

ON JULY 5, we will celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS. Over the last few months the NHS has stepped up in ways never seen before to work out how to deliver services differently following lockdown, recruit tens of thousands more staff, returners and volunteers and even build hospitals to respond to the Covid-19

Trust chosen to host pioneering regional Patient Recruitment Centre

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust one of  five trusts across England chosen to host new regional Patient Recruitment Centre Hospital prioritised as a centre to deliver newer multi-national Covid-19 treatment The new research centre, part of £7m Government investment, will help people across the region to take part in important late-phase commercial clinical research

Going home was best ever birthday present for Covid-19 patient

COVID-19 patient Khurram Khan got the best birthday present he could wish for – going home from hospital with his family after spending almost three weeks in intensive care (ICU) at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), one week of which he was in a coma on a ventilator. Khurram, who turned 38 on May 11, was

New restrictions on visiting at Bradford Teaching Hospitals

AS PART of the NHS’ response to the coronavirus pandemic to protect patients, staff, volunteers and visitors, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has placed further restrictions on visiting. In line with all hospitals across West Yorkshire, the Trust has made the difficult decision to end all face-to-face visiting on wards at Bradford Royal Infirmary