Hospitals across Bristol are seeing more patients being admitted with Covid now than they did this time last year. Government data shows that, a year ago, the two trusts across the city had 74 patients admitted with coronavirus.
However, the latest data shows there are now 125 patients in hospital with Covid across the two trusts – an increase of 68 per cent. The news comes as data last week showed the number of patients in Bristol hospitals with coronavirus had tripled in a week.
The previous week there were 36 people in hospitals with coronavirus according to data supplied by Bristol City Council, but this then jumped to 108 patients. Government data shows that figure has risen further since, with a total of 125 patients in hospital with Covid across the two trusts.
North Bristol NHS Trust had 87 patients admitted with coronavirus on Wednesday, September 28, the latest data available, including four on ventilators. A total of 105 patients have been admitted with the virus on the seven days to to Monday, September 26. In comparison, there were 36 patients in hospital with the virus just over a year ago on September 29, 2021.
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) had 38 patients admitted with the virus on Wednesday, September 28, with none on ventilators. A total of 43 patients have been admitted with the virus on the seven days to to Monday, September 26.
In comparison, there were also 38 patients in hospital with the virus just over a year ago on September 29, 2021. This means that, while North Bristol NHS Trust has more than double the number of Covid patients it did a year ago, UHBW is seeing very similar numbers.
Experts have expressed fears a drop in testing along with inadequate surveillance of new immune-evasive subvariants could lead to a “devastating” spike in cases this winter.
Health experts at Bristol City Council continue to advise the public to get vaccinated, wash their hands regularly and keep indoor spaces well ventilated. It is also advised to stay at home if you’re unwell and avoid contact with people if you can.
Some health experts have warned of a “perfect storm” is brewing this autumn as a new Covid wave could sweep across the UK. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) continue to urge everyone eligible for a free flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster to take up the offer as soon as possible ahead of what could be a difficult winter with respiratory viruses circulating widely. This is currently available to anyone over the age of 50 and those in a clinical risk group.