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
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;
|Name of the NHS Trust||Covid-19 patients
April 12, 2020
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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