December 6, 2020

Record number of coronavirus patients at Derby and Burton hospitals – Derbyshire Live

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/record-number-coronavirus-patients-derby-4683582

Derby and Burton’s hospital trust now has more Covid-19 positive patients on its wards than at the height of the first wave of the virus.

Today (Monday, November 9) there are now 258 coronavirus patients at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

The largest number of Covid patients the trust was ever caring for during the first peak was 252, on Monday, April 13.

There are now 159 at Royal Derby and 99 at Queen’s Hospital in Burton, figures are both on par with the most each hospital saw during the first wave.

Of these, there are 16 Covid-19 patients being cared for in the trust’s intensive care units, with eight each at Royal Derby and Queen’s.

At the height of the pandemic, the large number of coronavirus patients in intensive care at the trust was 42, again on April 13.

Gavin Boyle, the chief executive of the hospital trust, has said Covid-19 presents a huge challenge to the organisation, its partners and for the community.

He wrote in trust board papers to be discussed at a meeting this week: “We always knew a second wave was likely and in some respects it is better that this started before the winter pressures season.

“In addition, in September and October we saw fewer of these patients needing to be admitted to intensive care units and very few deaths.

“This may have been due to the profile of those becoming infected, but a significant difference will have been the knowledge and expertise that our staff have built up over the past six months, combined with new treatments available.

“However, at the end of October we had started to see an increase in intensive care unit admissions and deaths as the cases in the community began to rise rapidly.

“We were very concerned about the rising prevalence of Covid-19 in our communities, which inevitably led to a rise in admissions at our hospitals.”

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Derby was put into tier two Covid restrictions on Halloween, on the same day it was announced that England would face a four-week less-strict lockdown.

This came after weeks in which the rate of cases surged across the city and county but no added restrictions were introduced.

Derby now has a far higher rate of infections than metropolitan East Midlands neighbours Nottingham and Leicester – with 440 per 100,000 people in the week to November 2. This rate is also above that in Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham.

Mr Boyle “We’ve been open with our communities throughout the pandemic about the challenges the pandemic presents.

“As a result of rising cases in the community we took the difficult decision to restrict visiting in mid-October, which we know will be distressing for many families.

“We have been encouraging everyone to follow the government guidance of ‘Hands, Face, Space’, which we hope will slow the spread of the virus.

“We’ve also been asking the public to help by using the most appropriate service to receive care or help and advice, including NHS 111, local pharmacists or their GP.

“However, we’re acutely aware that there was a significant reduction in people seeking care in the first wave so we have stressed that it’s important that anyone with significant health concerns continues to come forward for help and treatment.

“One of the main differences between now and the first wave is the availability of testing. We are one of a small number of trusts who have been selected to test staff without symptoms as part of a national pilot to help us understand the disease better and prevent its spread. This, and our own internal testing, is helping to support us to reduce cases of hospital acquired Covid-19.”