Coronavirus hospital patients nearly doubled in one week in Hull and East Riding


New figures have revealed a sharp increase in the number of Covid-positive patients being treated at the Royal Infirmary in Hull and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham. Wednesday morning’s total was 108 to 43 more than last week.

Of these, 15 patients are being treated in intensive care compared to eight a week ago.

The current daily figures are close to those seen at both hospitals during the first peak wave of the virus.

Hospital bosses expected Covid admissions to continue to rise, as an upward trend as well as rising infection rates initially sparked Hull and East Riding’s passage to the level 2 last weekend.

That decision has now been superseded by the nationwide lockdown that goes into effect at midnight.

University of Hull Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust Executive Director, Teresa Cope

Speaking last week, Teresa Cope, director of operations for the University of Hull’s NHS Trust, said: “We are ready to face this second wave, just as we were ready to face the first in March.

“Since we received and treated the first two cases of Covid-19 in the country in January, our dedicated and committed staff have acquired a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise to help those suffering from severe cases of the virus and needing to hospital.

“If cases continue to increase, we will reconsider additional measures to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and the general public.

“This could mean reintroducing restrictions on tours and only allowing people who really need to be here to enter one of our buildings.

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“We will only do this when it is absolutely necessary to protect the public and we thank people in advance for their understanding.

“We will continue to do our best for the people of Hull and the East Riding as the world continues to face the pandemic. ”

New wards have been created at Hull Royal Infirmary to receive Covid patients as additional scientists are recruited into the pathology department to help deal with the large number of tests performed each day at both hospitals.

Frontline and administrative staff from both sites are also redeployed, as needed, as part of a revised ‘contingency plan’ initially developed by trust officials to deal with a rapidly changing situation. in March.

University of Hull Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Medical Officer, Dr Makani Purva
University of Hull Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Medical Officer, Dr Makani Purva

Chief Medical Officer Dr Makani Purva said: “During the first wave, we had to cancel thousands of appointments and routine surgeries. This time around, we will do our best to protect and maintain as many services as possible.

“We know that too many people have to wait too long for treatment due to the unprecedented pressure on the NHS this year and we want to thank each of these people for their patience and understanding.

“We will do everything in our power to see as many patients as possible despite the additional pressures we face. “


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