Healthwatch Havering has an interest not only in care homes but also in NHS facilities and services, at both general practice/community level and hospital level. In addition, many of our members – some of whom lost friends or relatives to the infection - had a great personal interest in tracking the development of the pandemic, across England but particularly in Havering. As an organisation, therefore, Healthwatch Havering has taken a close watch of the course of the pandemic.
It will doubtless be many years before definitive conclusions will be possible about the course of the pandemic. Could things have been differently handled? Should lockdown have been imposed more quickly? Should better arrangements have been made to secure personal protective equipment? Was the Test & Trace system fit for purpose?
It is not the purpose of this review to provide answers to those and the many other questions that could be posed – if, indeed, they can be answered at all.
Rather, the objective has been to present some relevant statistics in an easily understandable format to provide some indication of the course of the pandemic in Havering and its wider context in England as a whole.