Hospitals in the south east of England have not postponed urgent procedures as some have double the number of coronavirus patients they treated in the spring.
The NHS in Kent announced that some planned surgeries would be canceled due to the increase in Covid patients treated last night.
It comes after the Barts Health NHS Trust – which serves around 2. 5 million people in east London – said they had entered the high pressure phase of their winter escalation plan.
New figures show that on 16. December across England 15. 465 coronavirus patients were hospitalized – up from 13. 467 a week earlier.
The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust announced on Jan.. December 221 Covid-19 patients – around 120 more than the 98 they received during the first summit on December 8. April recorded.
On Wednesday, East Kent Hospitals University’s NHS Foundation Trust treated 357 people with coronavirus – almost twice as many as any time during the spring. The numbers reached on Jan.. April 187.
The NHS in Kent said: “We are working hard to treat as many patients as possible while creating a safe hospital environment.
The Barts Health NHS Trust said, “We are treating a large number of patients with Covid-19. In accordance with our winter escalation plan, we have entered a high pressure phase and are taking measures to ensure the safety of our patients.
“This includes postponing some routine procedures in the coming days so that we can hire new employees and increase the number of ICU and general beds available. ‘
The trust, which operates in four major hospital locations, said patients will be contacted directly if their election process needs to be postponed.
London is still well below its first wave peak in patients with coronavirus hospitals, but NHS trusts are under pressure as cases rise across the city.
On 16. December were in the capital about 2. 543 patients registered – compared to 1. 787 a week ago. In London, during the first wave summit on Sept.. April 5. 201 patients in the hospital.
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