Professor Tim Orchard, Executive Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is responsible for managing Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals.
At a Trust Board meeting today (November 25), Professor Orchard revealed that a total of 44 patients at all three sites are Covid positive, occupying 16% of all beds at the Trust .
He said: “We have 28 patients this morning in our intensive care unit, 22 of whom require mechanical ventilation.
“In the context, at the height of the first wave, we had 122 patients on ventilators and more than 160 patients hospitalized with Covid.
“We haven’t seen demand increase in some parts of the country. We have, however, seen some of our partner trusts putting additional pressure on their acute services.
Professor Orchard also cast a positive note on the ability of the three hospitals to continue to provide routine and non-elective treatment and surgery.
Hospitals across the country have racked up huge backlogs on their waiting lists, but Professor Orchard said the Trust was “on track” with its turnaround plan to prevent its own backlog from growing. while still being able to meet the demand of Covid patients.
A report written by Mr. Orchard and presented to the Board of Trustees of the Trust showed that the number of patients waiting for treatment for more than 52 weeks is expected to drop from 1,259 to “1,170 or less” between September and October.
He told the board, “I’m happy to say we’re just ahead of the target to reduce our servers by 52 weeks. We are focused on treating patients who have been waiting for a long time. ”
He continued, “Our ITUs are quite full because we continue to use them for our normal elective and non-elective work. Our participation in A&E is now 80% of what it normally is, whereas in the first wave it was less than 50%. ”
Meanwhile, clinicians at the three hospitals are receiving the new Covid-19 lateral flow tests, which give results within 30 minutes, “starting this week.”
“Staff who deal with patients” are encouraged to take the tests twice a week, said Professor Orchard.
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