January 20, 2022, 21:48

    Covid patients nearly triple in month – see areas worst-hit by hospitalisations

    Covid patients nearly triple in month – see areas worst-hit by hospitalisations

    The number of patients in hospital with Covid in England has nearly tripled in a month, with more than 60,000 NHS staff absent due to Covid last week.

    However, despite the sharp rise in hospitalisations since mid-December, the number of patients requiring ventilation beds has fallen significantly.

    NHS staff in Manchester are treating the most patients in the country, while also battling the highest number of staff absences, NHS England figures show.

    Yesterday was the highest UK daily death total reported in 11 months, with 398 lives lost to Covid-19.

    Data published this morning shows that on Tuesday there were 13,113 people in hospital in England with Covid-19, up from 4,910 a month earlier.

    Of these, 686 were in ventilator beds, down from 785 on December 11 and 842 a month earlier in November.

    It means that despite the spread of the Omicron variant, which has seen case numbers spiral to more than 100,000 every day since December 22, patients requiring ventilation has dropped 18 per cent in two months.

    Covid infection rates have risen sharply since mid December (left) and January (right)
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    Of the 20 NHS trusts treating the most Covid patients, all saw a month-on-month rise, the figures show.

    The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust saw cases quadruple between December 11 and January 11, while trusts in Birmingham, London, Liverpool and Leicester also saw sharp rises.

    It is not clear how many people were admitted primarily for Covid, with NHS bosses saying they are detecting a number of infections among people hospitalised for other reasons.

    But even if coronavirus is not their primary illness, those who test positive need to be isolated to prevent the virus spreading to non-Covid patients.

    The NHS is also facing huge challenges with tens of thousands of staff forced to isolate.

    Hospitals have seen a sharp rise in new Covid cases in the past month
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    According to NHS England 63,820 workers were off on January 5 due to the virus, up from 14,382 a month earlier.

    Seven trusts – in Manchester, Leicester, Leeds, Nottingham, Newcastle, Derby and Liverpool – were missing more than 1,000 staff on that day.

    Experts now believe that the latest wave has peaked in London, but parts of the Midlands and Northern England have seen sharp rises in recent weeks.

    The hospital trusts treating the most Covid patients on January 11 were

    • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – 489, up from 120 a month earlier
    • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust – 450, up from 187 a month earlier
    • Barts Health NHS Trust (London) – 380, up from 134 a month earlier
    • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 353, up from 92 a month earlier
    • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (London) – 347, up from 122 a month earlier
    • Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust – 330, up from 87 a month earlier
    • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust – 268, up from 100 a month earlier
    • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 260, up from 76 a month earlier
    • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 254, up from 57 a month earlier
    • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – 253, up from 108 a month earlier
    • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust – 245, up from 109 a month earlier
    • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (London) – 236, up from 48 a month earlier
    • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust – 221, up from 73 a month earlier
    • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (London) – 220, up from 76 a month earlier
    • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust – 216, up from 74 a month earlier
    • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust – 215, up from 71 a month earlier
    • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust – 209, up from 57 a month earlier
    • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (London) – 196, up from 75 a month earlier
    • Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 193, up from 75 a month earlier
    • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust – 185, up from 40 a month earlier

    NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson says the NHS is under 'huge pressure'
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    Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said that health services are currently under "huge pressure".

    He wrote on Twitter : "Today’s peak is about expanding general and acute beds for large numbers of people with much milder disease symptoms.

    "And there are significant numbers of people with incidental Covid – in hospital WITH Covid-19 as opposed to BECAUSE of it.

    "But, remember, that to quote a senior NHS clinical leader this week 'given the need to separate any patient with Covid-19 and the generally milder presentations, the actual operational consequences of incidental Covid-19 are effectively the same for hospitals as primary diagnosis Covid-19.'"

    Trusts with the highest number of staff absences last week

    • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – 1,919
    • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust – 1,310
    • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 1,250
    • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – 1,233
    • The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 1,200
    • University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust – 1,016
    • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 1,008

    The Midlands had the highest number of staff absences due to Covid with nearly 15,000 unable to work, followed by the North East and North West, each with more than 12,000.

    Just 73.3 per cent of patients in England were seen within four hours at A&Es in December 2021, the lowest percentage since records began in November 2010, NHS England said.

    The figure is down from 74.0 per cent in November 2021 and 80.3 per cent in December 2020.

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