The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has appealed for extra help from their staff, due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The organisation is appealing for 15 individuals to step forward and help this weekend (July 16, July 17 and July 18).

This is due to an increase in staff Covid-19 cases.

The Trust has also specified the "extremely hot weather forecast" as a reason for the appeal.

Individuals who decide to help may be required to attend a site such as Lister Hospital, New QEII and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

Those who put themselves forward, and are confirmed to be needed, with be placed on standby.

Individuals who are placed on standby will receive a flat payment of £55 from the organisation.

The appeal also mentioned that the organisation's IT department is low on staff, due to absences as a result of Covid-19.

Adam Sewell-Jones, chief executive at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said: "As I’m sure most people would expect, with the extreme heat forecast over the next week, we are putting in place a number of measures to ensure that any impact to our services is minimalised.

“These plans may require additional support from staff across the Trust – and so we have asked for people to be on standby in case they are needed.”

An extract from an East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust staff briefing read: "Due to the increase in staff Covid cases and with extremely hot weather forecast, we are looking for 15 people to potentially help with administration tasks across the hospital this weekend."