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Coronavirus UK: Two thirds of NHS hospitals are now treating MORE Covid patients than in spring


Two-thirds of hospitals currently have more Covid patients than on England's worst day in April last year when the pandemic first exploded. Official figures show that number 10 returned to another national lockdown last night to protect the NHS.

On January 2nd there was a record 26,000 infected patients in hospital beds across England. The latest daily data is available, and doctors are warning that as the second wave rages on, the uptake will get faster and faster.

Boris Johnson announced the toughest lockdown since spring last night amid fears that the recurrence of the virus, powered by a superinfectious new variant, will see hospitals be overwhelmed by the virus within weeks.

London reported yesterday that 828 new coronavirus patients were hospitalized on January 2nd. That was the highest daily number in nine months and was close to the record high of 883 in March.

Analysis of official statistics shows that some hospitals in hard-hit areas like Kent and East Sussex are seeing up to three times as many coronavirus patients as they were on April 12, the point of the first wave when patient numbers were highest.

NHS workers from around the country say caring for a growing number of people is becoming increasingly difficult. A London hospital said last week it was in disaster mode. A doctor said that medical professionals in some severely affected areas are already deciding how to ration ventilators for critical care patients and that they face “terrible” choices at work.

Chris Hopson, head of the NHS health union providers, said the surge in inpatients in Covid since Christmas alone was enough to fill 18 hospitals. And the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor Neil Mortensen, warned that patient numbers are now so high that cancer operations may have to be stopped again.

Statistics from NHS England show that in the latest data as of December 29, 81 out of 127 major hospital trusts had more Covid patients than they did on April 12.

Many of the worst hit countries are in the southeast and London, where the new, fast-spreading variant of the virus has caught on. These regions now account for the majority of positive tests reported daily.

In hospitals in the northwest, which withstood the full force of the second wave early in the fall, the number of patients has now dropped to a more manageable level. The new virus strain is not yet spreading that far in the north of the country.

The graph shows the NHS hospital trusts with the highest number of Covid-19 patients compared to April. In many hospitals, three or even four times as many people are affected with the disease than at the height of the first wave

WHICH HOSPITALS HAVE MUCH MORE PATIENTS THAN IN SPRING?

Almost two-thirds of hospitals in England had more Covid-19 patients at the end of December than on April 12, the worst day for England overall during the first wave.

The worst-hit hospitals are currently mostly in the south of England, but the NHS trusts in the north saw similar peaks in patients at the start of the second wave this fall.

The hospital trusts listed below had the largest difference between the total number of patients in April and December as measured in raw numbers that were not adjusted for hospital size.

Covid patients on April 12, 2020

Covid patients on December 29, 2020

Mid / South Essex

East Kent

Maidstone

Portsmouth

East Sussex

Bark, Havering

Frimley health

North Midlands

Dartford

Hull University

374

143

85

130

68

171

276

134

79

44

785

415

299

342

257

356

453

304

241

191

Chris Hopson said last night that the number of Covid cases has risen sharply again and the number of patients being hospitalized has also increased alarmingly.

“There are almost 9,000 more Covid patients in hospital beds – this corresponds to almost 18 hospitals – than there were 10 days ago on Christmas Day.

& # 39; We know that number will continue to rise over the next few weeks. The blocking message will help, but only if everyone follows the rules. & # 39;

NHS figures show that on the worst day of the first wave, April 12, 18,974 people were living with Covid-19 in England's hospitals.

On December 29th there were 21,787. Since then there have been 26,626, but no hospital data are yet available for the additional 5,000 patients.

December data shows that London has the highest number of Covid patients in the hospital – also because it has the largest population – but the increases in the southeast and east of England have been far greater.

In the east of the country, inpatients were 2,922 on December 29, 74 percent higher than in the spring, compared to 1,679 on April 12.

In the southeast there were 62 percent more – 3,796 versus 2,342.

There were between eight and nine percent more patients in late December in London, the Midlands and the South West than at the country's peak in April.

But the North East, North West and Yorkshire all have fewer inpatients than they did nine months ago.

However, at the start of the first wave in September, October and November, when cases were still low in other parts of the country, many hospitals in the north faced the same pressures that are now seen in the south.

The Mid and South Essex NHS Trust, which operates hospitals in Southend, Basildon and Chelmsford, is one of the funds that saw the largest increase in patient numbers during the second wave. There were 785 people with Covid-19 on the wards as of December 29, 411 more than double the 374 on April 12, England's high point.

East Kent Hospitals enrolled 415 patients compared to 143, nearly three times as many, while the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust had 3.5 times as many patients in December: 299 compared to 85.

A record number of sick patients waited 12 hours on a stretcher

Yesterday's NHS figures showed a record number of very sick patients had been waiting for carts in A&E in December.

Health Service Journal data shows that more than 2,930 people have spent at least 12 hours in A&E departments.

Almost half of them were in London.

The highest number of 12-hour trolley wait times to date – the time between arriving at A&E and receiving a bed – was 2,847 in January 2020.

The preliminary numbers – which are likely to rise – are expected to be officially released by NHS England next week.

Adrian Boyle, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, told The Times, “Nobody has to spend 12 hours in an emergency room.

"Not only is it unworthy of patients, but studies have shown that the longer a patient waits to be admitted to a hospital bed, the greater the risk of death."

He added: “These waiting times usually result from a lack of inpatient beds and staff and, in addition to endangering the patient, lead to further dangerous overcrowding and corridor supply in the emergency room.

He said the more patients there are on stretchers, the more difficult it is to deliver care in an already strained A&E.

Surgeons have warned the rising numbers of patients across the country could cause cancer surgeries to fall by the wayside.

Doctors tried to fight their way through a backlog of millions of non-Covid patients even before the second wave, and this progress is now threatened again, despite officials saying canceling routine surgeries again was unthinkable.

The first surgeries that are postponed are not urgent for conditions that are not life threatening, such as joint replacements and cataracts. More serious interventions such as organ surgery or cancer surgery will continue longer until health bosses have no choice but to cancel them due to a lack of staff or recovery beds.

Professor Neil Mortensen, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, warned that the situation in hospitals is "getting much worse" and escalating faster than the previously predicted "slow-motion car crash".

King & # 39; s College Hospital in south London has already canceled all priority 2 cancer surgeries. These procedures have been classified as urgent by professionals and must be performed within 28 days of their decision.

It is feared that other hospitals in the country could face the same difficult decision in the coming days if admissions do not decrease.

Professor Mortensen told Times Radio: “My colleagues in London who do station rounds, for example, report that there are problems with the number of staff on the stations and the number of staff in the theaters.

"And if you then have to go to the intensive care unit and the intensive care unit is full of Covid patients, of course there is no place for you."

"So it's a really serious situation and obviously the lower priority surgeries have stopped in many places – hips, knees, ENT (ear, nose and throat) procedures."

"We are now concerned that surgeries like cancer surgeries are canceled or postponed because they simply are unable to manage them."

He added, “I think if you have delayed surgery for cancer it can have an impact.

"If you come in after a traffic accident and are seriously ill and then have to go to an intensive care unit and there is no intensive care unit, the consequences are serious."

“And that's why everyone is so concerned right now that we are properly cordoned off, that we are reducing the transmission of the virus as much as possible and that we are making it possible for which facilities we need to continue to work effectively to keep people alive. & # 39;

IS YOUR HOSPITAL NOW BUSY THAN IN THE FIRST WAVE OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE LAST YEAR? (NHS England data)
Name of the NHS Trust Covid-19 patients
April 12, 2020
Covid-19 patients
December 29, 2020
Difference (+/-) % Difference
CENTRAL AND SOUTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 374 785 411 110%
EAST KENT HOSPITALS UNIVERSITY TRUST THE NHS FOUNDATION 143 415 272 190%
MAIDSTONE AND TUNBRIDGE WELL NHS TRUST 85 299 214 252%
PORTSMOUTH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 130 342 212 163%
EAST SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 68 257 189 278%
BARKING, HAVERING AND REDBRIDGE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 171 356 185 108%
FRIMLEY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 276 453 177 64%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF NORTH MIDLANDS NHS TRUST 134 304 170 127%
DARTFORD AND GRAVESHAM NHS TRUST 79 241 162 205%
HULL UNIVERSITY EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 44 191 147 334%
MEDWAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 106 253 147 139%
EAST SUFFOLK AND NORTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 123 264 141 115%
WEST HERTFORDSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 129 270 141 109%
UNITED LINCOLNSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 72 201 129 179%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF LEICESTER NHS TRUST 195 304 109 56%
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, KING & # 39; S LYNN, NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 51 159 108 212%
MILTON KEYNES UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 66 171 105 159%
NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 73 166 93 127%
NORFOLK AND NORWICH UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 77 168 91 118%
WEST SUFFOLK NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 36 126 90 250%
BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST 559 638 79 14%
NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 104 181 77 74%
DERBY AND BURTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS 225 302 77 34%
NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 210 283 73 35%
NORTH WEST ANGLIA NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 78 150 72 92%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL AND WESTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 81 150 69 85%
LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH NHS TRUST 286 346 60 21%
BEDFORDSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 180 239 59 33%
HOMERTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 90 149 59 66%
GLOUCESTERSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 148 207 59 40%
SHERWOOD FOREST HOSPITALS TRUST THE NHS FOUNDATION 53 111 58 109%
NORTH MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 226 283 57 25%
EAST LANCASHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 122 179 57 47%
DONCASTER AND BASSETLAW EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 67 121 54 81%
YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 14th 66 52 371%
Countess of the CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 120 170 50 42%
EAST AND NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE NHS TRUST 65 112 47 72%
NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE AND GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 70 114 44 63%
BARNSLEY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 63 106 43 68%
OXFORD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS Trust Foundation 125 167 42 34%
KINGSTON HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 101 142 41 41%
THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 109 147 38 35%
CROYDON HEALTH SERVICES NHS TRUSTED 153 191 38 25%
WHITTINGTON HEALTH NHS TRUST 83 121 38 46%
EPSOM AND ST HELIER UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 148 185 37 25%
BRIGHTON AND SUSSEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 107 141 34 32%
SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 200 231 31 16%
ST GEORGES UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 219 249 30th 14%
THE ROTHERHAM NHS FOUNDATION'S TRUST 70 100 30th 43%
EAST CHESHIRE NHS TRUST 57 87 30th 53%
LANCASHIRE EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 132 162 30th 23%
ROYAL BERKSHIRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 142 169 27 19%
ROYAL DEVON AND EXETER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 54 81 27 50%
THE TRUST OF THE HILLINGDON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION 102 128 26th 25%
COUNTY DURHAM AND DARLINGTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 129 155 26th 20%
SURREY AND SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 128 152 24 19%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS DORSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 76 99 23 30%
SOMERSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 32 55 23 72%
ASHFORD AND ST PETERS HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 114 136 22nd 19%
WYE VALLEY NHS TRUST 31 51 20th 65%
WESTERN SUSSEX HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 77 96 19th 25%
WARRINGTON AND HALTON EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 98 112 14th 14%
NORTHERN DEVON HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 15th 28 13th 87%
BLACKPOOL EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 117 129 12th 10%
SHEFFIELD EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 261 272 11 4%
WRIGHTINGTON, WIGAN AND LEIGH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 93 104 11 12%
BRADFORD EDUCATIONAL HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 88 97 9 10%
SALISBURY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 38 47 9 24%
SALFORD ROYAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 136 144 8th 6%
THE TRUST OF THE DUDLEY GROUP NHS FOUNDATION 122 129 7th 6%
SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 75 81 6th 8th%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE NHS TRUST 142 148 6th 4%
GEORGE ELIOT HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 69 75 6th 9%
BIRMINGHAM WOMEN AND CHILDREN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 5 11 6th 120%
MORECAMBE BAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS 130 136 6th 5%
ROYAL UNITED HOSPITALS BAD NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 43 48 5 12%
LARGE WESTERN HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 64 69 5 8th%
KETTERING GENERAL HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 69 73 4th 6%
ISLE OF WIGHT NHS TRUST 19th 23 4th 21%
CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 243 244 1 0%
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HEALTH CARE NHS TRUST 86 87 1 1%
SHEFFIELD CHILDREN & # 39; S NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1 0 -1 -100%
DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 17th 16 -1 -6%
WORCESTERSHIRE ACUTE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 128 125 -3 -2%
MID YORKSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 165 161 -4 -2%
ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 32 27 -5 -16%
ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 63 55 -8th -13%
SHREWSBURY AND TELFORD HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 77 68 -9 -12%
ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 410 400 -10 -2%
TORBAY AND SOUTH DEVON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 23 13th -10 -43%
ALDER HEY KIDS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 11 0 -11 -100%
CHESTERFIELD ROYAL HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 65 52 -13 -20%
YORK TEACHING HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 108 94 -14 -13%
TAMESIDE AND GLOSSOP INTEGRATED CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 74 58 -16 -22%
HARROGATE AND DISTRICT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 34 12th -22 -65%
CALDERDALE AND HUDDERSFIELD NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 93 71 -22 -24%
JAMES PAGET UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 74 50 -24 -32%
LONDON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 160 133 -27 -17%
STOCKPORT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 117 90 -27 -23%
SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 214 186 -28 -13%
NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST 107 77 -30 -28%
AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 58 26th -32 -55%
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS Trust Foundation 122 87 -35 -29%
KING & # 39; S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 509 474 -35 -7%
TRUST OF THE NHS GUY AND ST THOMAS FOUNDATION 303 267 -36 -12%
HAMPSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 139 103 -36 -26%
SOUTH TEES HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 145 102 -43 -30%
SOUTHPORT AND ORMSKIRK HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 104 59 -45 -43%
BOLTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 141 95 -46 -33%
LONDON NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 357 310 -47 -13%
NORTH CUMBRIA INTEGRATED CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 152 103 -49 -32%
NORTHUMBRIA HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 134 84 -50 -37%
WIRRAL UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 128 78 -50 -39%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SOUTHAMPTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 166 110 -56 -34%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST 89 28 -61 -69%
PENNINE ACUTE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 259 193 -66 -25%
THE ROYAL WOLVERHAMPTON NHS TRUST 228 154 -74 -32%
GATESHEAD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 114 39 -75 -66%
IMPERIAL COLLEGE HEALTH CARE NHS TRUST 334 256 -78 -23%
LEEDS TEACH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 230 148 -82 -36%
MIDDLE CHESHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 85 -85 -100%
WALSALL HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 180 94 -86 -48%
THE NEWCASTLE ON TYNE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 141 53 -88 -62%
ST HELENS AND KNOWSLEY TEACH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 153 51 -102 -67%
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 414 270 -144 -35%
LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS Trust Foundation 346 179 -167 -48%
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BIRMINGHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 694 509 -185 -27%

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