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Health & Fitness England’s biggest NHS trust is dealing with a huge surge in Covid patients

23:11  21 january  2021
23:11  21 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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England’s biggest hospital trust is now treating 39 per cent more Covid-positive patients than there were being cared for by the organisation during the peak of the first wave.

a car parked on the side of a building: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is home to the largest intensive treatment unit (ITU) in the country.  (Photo: REUTERS/Carl Recine) © Provided by The i The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is home to the largest intensive treatment unit (ITU) in the country. (Photo: REUTERS/Carl Recine)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) said it was looking after 985 patients by Thursday morning, which is 277 more than its peak on April 10. The data, which is published by the trust, showed that number was a 7.4 per cent rise on the figure of 917 patients, six days ago.

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Half of the major hospital trusts in England are said to be dealing with more Covid -19 patients than at the worst point of the first wave in April, with the NHS The most recent UK-wide statistics, from 28 December, showed there were 23,823 people in hospital with Covid . That was already significantly

NHS England warns entire health service will have to remain on highest alert at least until end of March. Hospitals have been ordered to free up every possible bed for the growing number of Covid patients amid fears of a high death toll from the disease in January.

The trust, which runs the largest intensive treatment unit (ITU) in the country at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, also has 13.4 per cent more Covid-positive patients in critical care, than it did during the first peak. There are now 152 ITU patients with coronavirus across the Trust’s three main hospital sites; the Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands Hospitals, both in Birmingham, and Good Hope in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. That compares with 134 patients on April 17, last year.

Increased capacity

The number of patients being treated in critical care has increased by 12.5 per cent on the figure from last Friday, when 135 people were in intensive care with Covid-19. Last week, the trust redeployed staff including 200 doctors from other departments to deal with the increasing numbers of Covid patients.

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A consultant writing to staff in an internal memo said ITU capacity could be scaled up to 280 beds, with more than 200 alone at the Queen Elizabeth, and in-patient space expanded to treat up to 1,000 people.

a person riding on the back of a truck: The consistently high infection rates into mid-January present a serious concern for how the NHS will continue to operate at this level (Photo: PA) © Provided by The i The consistently high infection rates into mid-January present a serious concern for how the NHS will continue to operate at this level (Photo: PA)

The email said: “We are at significant risk of becoming overwhelmed by Covid-19 patient(s) and specifically our ICUs are under immense pressure.”

Planned procedures were also being stood down at the Queen Elizabeth, while elective surgery capacity and outpatient services at a fourth Trust hospital in Solihull were also being reduced as staff were redeployed. Last week, the hospital was forced into closing their doors to transplant cases because of the Covid surge.

Meanwhile, more than half a million people are waiting for NHS treatment in Wales, according to new figures. The record high numbers show that, of the 530,371 people on the waiting list, nearly half – 231,722 (44 per cent) – have been waiting more than 36 weeks for their treatment to start.

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In March last year, just 28,294 people had been waiting more than 36 weeks – the Welsh Government target for treatment to start. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the initial cancellation of non-urgent treatments has seen the waiting list grow by 73,562 since then.

‘Sustained pressure’

The Welsh Government said NHS services remain under “intense and sustained pressure” from a combination of normal winter pressures and the coronavirus pandemic.

“The number of people needing treatment for coronavirus is having a major impact on delivering NHS services, affecting waiting times,” a spokeswoman said.

“The NHS is not immune to the effects of coronavirus itself – there are high levels of staff absences as people fall ill with the virus or have to self-isolate.

“We have made an extra £30 million available this year to support urgent and emergency care services and increase resilience over the remainder of this financial year.

“We continue to ask everyone to follow the rules to slow the spread of this awful virus – please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Conservative health spokesman Andrew RT Davies branded the figures “appalling”.

NHS intensive care wards are busier than 2019 despite 700 extra beds .
NHS England data shows that there were an average of 743 more intensive care beds available nationwide in the last week of December 2020 than a week earlier, but there were 828 more patients.As the pressure of the second wave of coronavirus keeps growing, with many patients those who caught Covid over the Christmas break, increasing numbers of hospitals are declaring they're in crisis, particularly in London and Essex.

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