Nottinghamshire hospitals busier now with Covid patients than during first peak

Hospitals in Nottinghamshire are considerably busier now with Covid patients than they were during the peak of the first wave, a leading health boss has said.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 1:06 pm

However, she said survival rates of people requiring ventilation had increased markedly, and that more people were visiting their GP than this time last year.

Amanda Sullivan, from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, was updating the city council’s Outbreak Control Engagement Board.

She said: “Across the hospitals we saw 361 admissions leading up to November, compared to 326 in the previous seven days.

Nottinghamshire hospitals are seeing more Covid patients now than during the first peak

“We had 456 people in beds around November 3 and that has continued to stay relatively stable over the last week.

“Just over seven per cent are needing to be on a ventilator, as opposed to being on a normal ward.

“It does mean that now we have got 50 per cent more people in hospital than we did in the peak of the first wave, and we saw 56 deaths in the week running up to November 4.

“Unfortunately that does show the tracking through of the infections (in the community) into hospitals.

“On a more positive note, GP appointments are very much open and we saw more than half a million appointments, and that was 3.5 per cent more than the same month last year.

“Just over half were face-to-face and just under half were either the same day or the next day, so people are being seen quite quickly if they need to be seen.

“The other more optimistic news is that the survival rates of people who had to go into intensive care have increased from 72 per cent to 85 per cent.”