Covid-19 in Suffolk: Hospitals see first day without death

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Covid-19 in Suffolk: Hospitals see first day without death


The NHS trust behind Ipswich and Colchester hospitals has seen its first day without coronavirus-related deaths since October.
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), continued to see a reduction in coronavirus patients since the end of the second peak – although pressure remains on its intensive therapy units.

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ESNEFT CEO Nick Hulme said the situation in hospitals was becoming more manageable.

Mr Hulme said: “Regarding Covid, we have around 25 patients at each site. At one point, we had over 500 at both sites.

“It is clear that the number of patients who come through the door is drastically reduced.


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“Sunday (March 14) was the first day since October that we have not had any Covid deaths at any of the sites, which is a milestone. ”


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Mr Hulme added that he would continue to prepare for the worst as a precaution –

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He said: “It is clear that we have to keep the message that although

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“We expect some form of increase in the number of Covid people later in the year, especially among young people who have not yet been vaccinated – or because they are having fun, which we welcome. safe as long as they do it safely.

“It’s less likely to result in hospitalization, of course, but we also need to plan for the winter and think about what October and November might look like.

“I certainly don’t hope it will, I’ve spent my career planning for the worst and hoping for the best – but human nature suggests that some people can become complacent and it’s only right that we prepare for that. . ”

Regarding vaccinations at both sites, Mr Hulme said staff are now administering second doses to frontline colleagues and those over 80.

“Our vaccination centers are running very well by the minute,” he said.

“The whole country should be incredibly proud of what the NHS has achieved with its immunization program.

“People are saying how amazing the NHS has been throughout the pandemic, but for me, where it really took off is through the vaccination program. ”

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