Coronavirus closes 17 hospital wards in city as “admissions pass April peak”

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The coronavirus has closed 17 hospital wards in one city as admissions pass April’s peak, experts say.The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland’s largest health board, has had to close 17 wards to new admissions due to the outbreak.

The board said it had reported 21 significant incidents of healthcare acquired infections to Public Health Scotland with 20 ‘red rooms’ set up to exclusively treat coronavirus patients.

Currently, 1,100 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized in Scotland.

NHS bosses are now saying admissions in some areas are past the April peak, according to Dr Andy Haynes of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System.

He told King’s Mill & Bassetlaw they had “now exceeded the levels we saw in April” with most of the patients over 45.



Staff wear PPE as they attend to a patient in the intensive care unit at Royal Papworth Hospital

However, Dr Haynes said fewer patients required intensive care but some cancer operations at Nottinghamshire hospitals had to be canceled.

Airedale Hospital, near Keighley, said it was suspending elective surgery for two weeks.

He said in a statement, “We are seeing increasing demand from the hospital, which in turn means our inpatient beds are at full capacity.

“As a result, and in accordance with our escalation plans, we have made the decision to postpone any elective surgery requiring overnight. This takes effect immediately, for the next two weeks.

“Urgent and urgent cases and cancer surgery will proceed normally. “



Coronavirus ‘hot spot’ at Airedale Hospital in Keighley



COVID-19 recovery teams at Airedale Hospital, Keighley

The hospital added, “Our day case activity will also continue for the time being, with our teams ensuring that we are working on a clinical priority basis.

“We know that many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, and every specialty will contact anyone affected.

“This is not a decision we take lightly, but it is necessary to ensure that we can continue to care for the patients who need us the most. ”

Experts fear the second wave of coronavirus will be deadlier than the first, it has been reported.

A screening provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) put additional pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to implement new lockdown measures.

According to the analysis, more people will die in the second wave of Covid-19 as hospitals and other health services struggle to cope with the winter surge in cases, the Telegraph reports.

In the SAGE scenario, daily deaths from Covid-19 would remain lower than the worst days of spring, but could remain high for weeks, or even months, until early next year.

Current figures show that the true number of virus deaths is now 61,000 across the country.

Sir Patrick Vallance and other government advisers to the Prime Minister have urged No 10 to take drastic action now, it has been claimed.

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