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A new analysis shows that more than half of the major hospital groups in England now have more Covid 19 patients than at the height of the first wave.
Some trusts are having to treat twice as many patients this time so that the rapid spread of the virus does not overwhelm the NHS.
Confidence, which has not yet peaked in the April wave, could surpass it in a few days as numbers rise rapidly across the country.
Hospital admissions in England reached a record high on Friday, with 3,967 more patients admitted for the fifth consecutive day.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a major operation at a time when the capital’s hospitals are about to get out of bed.
The latest data was analyzed by the PA News Agency, which found that of the 139 hospital trusts that submitted data for the 5th quarter of the year, the number of hospital trusts had decreased. In January, 84 – or 60 percent – of Covid’s 19 patients were more than at the peak of the first wave in spring 2020.
The Barts in London made a report about the 5th. January saw 830 patients with Covid 19 disease, up from 606 in April, and Portsmouth University Hospital now cares for 457 patients, up from 244 in the first wave.
East Suffolk & North Essex Trust had some of the brightest indicators. The fifth. In January, at 8 a.m., doctors treated 367 patients with confirmed covariectomy 19, compared with a peak of 143 in the first wave.
A patient arrives by ambulance at the Royal Hospital in London (Photo: Getty).
The trust’s director said hospitals in Ipswich and Colchester are overcrowded while the NHS faces a very, very serious situation.
Nick Hulme spoke about today’s Radio 4 programme: The reality for the two hospitals I am responsible for – in Ipswich and Colchester – is of course that we are overcrowded.
The problem with looking at capacity or occupancy data is that it does not give a true picture – an empty bed is not necessarily available because we need to keep some empty beds for infection control.
He said some people were throwing around very damaging misinformation on social media and elsewhere, which he described as very disappointing.
Paramedics unload a patient from an ambulance on the outskirts of London (Picture: Getty)
added Mr Hulme: The picture is that this is a very, very serious situation for the NHS, the worst I have seen in my career in a long time, and we have to be honest about it.
Mr Khan said the situation in London was now critical as the spread of the virus was out of control.
He said: Our heroic doctors, nurses and NHS staff do an excellent job, but with cases increasing so rapidly, our hospitals risk being overwhelmed. The harsh reality is that unless the spread of the virus slows down significantly, we will run out of sick beds in the coming weeks.
We declare a serious incident because the threat of this virus to our city has reached a critical point. If we don’t act now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people could die.
Patients arrive at Southend University Hospital (Photo: Getty Images Europe).
The majority of acute care trusts in London – 14 out of 23 – now see more patients than at the height of the first wave.
The same applies to South West England (11 out of 15) and Central England (16 out of 23).
The proportion is even higher in South East England (15 out of 18) and East Anglia (13 out of 14).
In the north of England, however, most trusts are still below the peak of the first wave. In some northern trusts, numbers peaked in the autumn, then fell back before Christmas and have only recently started to rise again.
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The Liverpool University Hospitals Trust is one example: the 30. There was a peak of 475 patients in October, and an increase by October 13. In December, 112 patients were admitted, while the number now stands at 248.
Acute Care Trusts manage all major hospitals in England in terms of A&E, outpatient and inpatient surgery and specialist care.
The total number of Covid 19 patients in all hospitals in England – including psychiatric and community hospitals – is now 28,246. This is 49% more than the peak of the first wave (18,974 on the 12th). April.
All figures are based on the latest data from NHS England.
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