CORONAVIRUS ADMISSIONS TO HOSPITAL WARDS IN NOTTINGHAM 'RISING FAST'
 

On Friday 16 October 2020 Joseph Locker, Digital News Correspondent of the Nottingham Post reported that admissions to Nottingham's hospitals due to coronavirus are 'rising fast' and some routine operations have been disrupted, although the trust is continuing to offer non-Covid care. ...

Coronavirus 'outbreaks' on hospital wards across Nottingham and admissions 'rising fast' - reports

Some routine operations have also been disrupted, but the trust says it is continuing to offer non-Covid care

Admissions to Nottingham's hospitals due to coronavirus are 'rising fast', according to reports.

Outbreaks of the virus on some wards across both the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital have also led to the closure of some bed units, while some routine operations have been cancelled as a result of the developing situation.

That is according to a message to consultants on Tuesday, October 13, which was seen by the Independent. 

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals, confirmed admissions are on the up as a result of growing community infection rates in a statement to Nottinghamshire Live.

In the city alone 555 cases were recorded in the 24 hours up to October 15, and it continues to have the highest infection rate in England.

According to the Independent, the message to consultants this week reads: "Admissions to [Nottingham University Hospital] are way past 100 and rising fast.  

"There are also outbreaks of Covid on certain wards which have resulted in the closures of beds.

"I am afraid the elective programme [routine operations] is going to be disrupted but we are doing everything we can to preserve as much elective work as possible."

Nottingham city was only placed in Tier 2 lockdown, despite the high number of cases, because these were affecting the younger population more.

If the infection reaches more elderly and vulnerable people, health experts say this is where the majority of deaths would start to occur, as seen at the start of the pandemic.

This means, fortunately, deaths are low (as of October 2).

Liverpool on the other hand is in Tier 3, the highest lockdown banding, due to the fact it is affecting people who are older, while critical care beds in hospitals are almost full, according to reports.

However, a meeting is set to take place next week to discuss restrictions in Nottingham, and it is thought the city looks set to be placed under tighter restrictions in Tier 3.

Speaking of the message to consultants, a spokeswoman for NUH said: "Our hospital continues to offer Covid and non-Covid care to people who need it and anyone who needs treatment or is worried about symptoms should come forward for help. 

"Hospital admissions have increased as community infection rates in Nottingham have risen, which is why we need the public to follow the government guidance to control further transmission and save lives."

Figures from NHS trusts, including NUH, show admissions increased considerably last week (the latest available data).

On Monday, October 5, some six patients were admitted with coronavirus, and this gradually increased every day.

At the end of the same week on Sunday, October 11, admissions due to Covid-19 had risen to 20 in a single day.

Speaking of the situation across the entire county Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire County Council, sought to reassure residents and make sure they attended appointments despite the rise in cases.

He said: "Services are open and here for residents and citizens.

"Any symptoms for anything can be checked out. If people have a routine appointment, I would urge them to keep it and attend.

"The number of people admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in Nottinghamshire is rising - it's around double what we had last week. 

"Admissions are highest from areas where cases are rising which is why we are urging the High Alert rules to be followed, by not mixing, using the hands, face, space rule and getting a free test if you need one."

Mr Gribbin says there were a total of 148 covid-related admissions across the local NHS system on October 14.

Nottinghamshire Live has approached NUH for comment.

Coronavirus 'outbreaks' on hospital wards across Nottingham and admissions 'rising fast' - reports - Nottinghamshire Live