Bradford NHS Hospital is the newest to cancel operations due to a surge in Covid-19 patients

Bradford NHS hospitals were the last to begin canceling operations after the admission of Covid-19 patients soared.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals said in a statement that some non-urgent surgeries and outpatient appointments will be suspended for two weeks starting next Tuesday.

It operates Bradford Royal Infirmary and St. Luke & # 39; s Hospital, as well as four other hospitals serving a population of around half a million people.

There are currently 100 coronavirus patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) and 30 in need of oxygen assistance – the highest number of any hospitals in the North East and Yorkshire.

The trust said that shortly after the peak of the first wave, Covid-19 patients had reached the levels seen in May and had to take steps to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Hospitals in Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Plymouth, Swansea and Belfast have also started to shut down as the number of Covid-19 patients has risen.

It comes despite a backlog of millions of people in need of non-urgent treatment after tens of thousands of surgeries were postponed to help the NHS prepare for a wave of Covid-19 patients. A hospital trust, Hull University Teaching Hospitals, told its patients that it could take two years to receive treatment.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals will suspend some non-urgent surgeries and outpatient appointments for two weeks after the number of patients in Covid-19 soars. Bradford Royal Infirmary is pictured where there are 100 coronavirus patients

Public Health England figures show that the infection rate in Bradford for the week leading up to October 11 was 277 cases per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the country. But it was five percent less than the week before.

Mel Pickup, General Manager of Bradford Teaching Hospitals, said, “This surge (in Covid-19 admissions) is now at a similar level to the peak of the first wave in May.

Which hospitals have started to shut down because of the second wave?

Listed below are the hospitals that have moved to abandon the procedures to cope with the increasing Covid-19 admissions.

  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals – suspended for two weeks
  • Liverpool University Teaching Hospitals – Operations canceled
  • Birmingham University Hospitals – Routine operations canceled
  • Nottingham University Hospitals Trust – began to stop some operations after beds were closed due to outbreaks in the wards
  • Swansea Bay Health Board – All routing heart surgeries at Morriston Hospital canceled
  • Plymouth University Hospitals – Temporary break during non-critical operations in Derriford Hospital
  • Belfast Health Trust – All voting procedures canceled

“Unfortunately, for this reason we have to interrupt some non-urgent surgeries and face-to-face outpatient appointments for the next two weeks.

"It's not a decision we made lightly, but we need to create so much bed capacity and free clinical staff in our hospitals to handle this surge in Covid-19 patients."

She added, “I would like to say to these people that we are very sorry that this may cause inconvenience, but please understand that we must take these steps to protect our hospitals for everyone while we are together deal with the worst effects virus. & # 39;

Bradford is currently subject to Tier 2 restrictions, which means residents cannot visit each other's homes or visit a public indoor space with people they do not live with.

Experts have raised concerns about surgery being canceled as it will harm people who are desperately waiting for surgery – such as B. Hip and knee replacements – and suffer from pain.

The move could also cost lives as many in urgent need of help may stay away for fear of putting a strain on healthcare.

In the first wave, the NHS ordered thousands of essential medical procedures to be postponed as they were expected to be inundated with Covid-19 patients.

Up to 40,000 beds remained unused in the first week of April, as figures show, and private hospitals that were used to fight the virus were also empty.

Medical professionals say up to 2,700 cancers have been missed each week as the numbers referred by GPs for urgent checkups have dropped 75 percent.

Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of Trust, announced the decision, saying it was not a decision they made lightly

Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of Trust, announced the decision, saying it was not a decision they made lightly

Hospitals are cutting back on other services amid concerns that rising Covid-19 cases could lead to further admissions and run out of beds.

For example, the Plymouth University Hospitals NHS Trust said it had temporarily suspended the non-critical scheduled operation at Derriford Hospital and Birmingham University Hospitals canceled all routine surgeries.

Intensive care units are 90 percent busy in Liverpool, according to Calum Semple, professor of outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, who said hospitals could exceed health care capacity this week.

It is feared that the Leeds Teaching Hospitals may soon decide to suspend non-urgent surgeries as admissions increase.

Victoria Eaton, the city's public health director, warned last week that her hospitals were "very close" to scaling back non-Covid-19 surgeries.

She also warned that her staff would be difficult to find despite the fact that Nightingale hospitals were being built in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate, in northern England.

"The buildings are there, the problem is how do we get the staff into the nightingales because in the spring it was planned that people who had resigned from other services would go to the nightingales," she said.

“I think getting enough NHS staff to make these websites work is a real challenge. This time it's incredibly challenging. & # 39;

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