Seven Midlands hospitals ‘completely stretched’ as Covid patients flock

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Seven hospitals in the Midlands are ‘completely stretched’ after being inundated with Covid patients.
Sandwell Hospital said it is now operating at or near maximum capacity.

Across Birmingham, Good Hope Hospital, Heartlands Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital are in the same situation, as are Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Royal Stoke University Hospital and Hospital Worcester.

All hospitals said they were at CRITCON level three – the second highest alert level – on Thursday, January 7, reports the Health Service Journal.

A senior intensive care nurse in the Midlands told HSJ: “As an intensive care nurse it is horrible to try to provide care for more than one patient.

“What isn’t always captured is how sick covid patients are… they are sick, they are so sick.

“Most of these patients [who are that ill] at any other time there would probably be two nurses in intensive care because they are so sick. They are very, very unstable.

“This is the sickest group of patients I have treated.

“We’re constantly running from alarm to alarm and it’s exhausting because it’s physically and emotionally draining.

“We have to save people’s lives and I don’t mean that in a dramatic way. I have never worked at this continuous pace and there is simply no end. ”

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