Tackling coronavirus together: sharing knowledge from China

With support from the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, an experience-sharing virtual session was hosted recently by Circle Harmony, Circle’s Chinese joint venture partner. Over 70 clinicians and healthcare professionals attended the session, which was co-sponsored by Shanghai Ruijin Hospital and the UK Department for International Trade, to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Professor Qu Jieming, Chairman of the China Thoracic Society of Chinese Medical Association and Party Secretary of Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, described the diagnosis and the treatment of COVID-19, sharing detailed experience and insight with UK healthcare professionals. Professor Chen Erzhen, Deputy Director of Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, then elaborated on the prevention and control measures of hospitals in the epidemic areas, the separation of three zones and the practical experiences with diagrams of hospital floors and endemic wards by taking the Third Hospital of Wuhan as an example. Bruce Braithwaite, Circle Harmony’s Chief Medical Officer, then chaired a question and answer session for attendees.

Bai Hua, Executive Chairman and the CEO of Circle Harmony, said that in the face of such a severe challenge, the whole world should work together to fight COVID-19 regardless of national boundaries: “I am extremely inspired to see that the online sharing session has achieved such a positive effect and received such enthusiastic feedback, and the transnational medical network we have constructed over the past two years has played a powerful role… We are grateful to all these heroes who bravely face up to the virus and constantly fight the common enemy of mankind.”

Massoud Fouladi, Circle’s Chief Medical Officer, commented: “this is a global challenge that needs to be solved by worldwide collaboration. Thanks to Shanghai Ruijin Hospital and Circle Harmony for organising the experience-sharing session. We attach great importance to such a professional communication at the systemic, organisational and clinical levels.”

Special thanks to the team at Circle Harmony for hosting and to all who attended.

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