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By Tara O’Connor, journalist for local democracyThere are currently only five coronavirus patients in hospitals in South West London.

On Friday in Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth – the six boroughs covered by the new South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – were treating five patients infected with the virus.

The hospitals covered are Epsom and St Helier, St George’s in Tooting, Croydon University Hospital and Kingston.

But hospitals are ready for any second wave, in case of a blow.

In a meeting on Wednesday, Sarah Blow, senior manager of the South West London Health and Care Partnership, gave an overview of the pandemic response in the region.

She said: “All of our staff have reacted fantastically to this crisis and at no time have we been able to support our local populations through the health and care service.

“We are still in a level four incident in the NHS, we have set up an incident control room where we have worked with the entire NHS and have had links with local authorities.

“Every coronavirus patient in London who needed hospital treatment has received it. I think we did a tremendous amount of work in a short period of time to make sure we had the critical care capacity we needed.

“Even though the number is going down now, we’re still ready for another wave if we get one, but we’re also trying to restart some elective planned care.”


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