160 Covid patients in Gloucestershire hospitals ‘late last week’ as admissions peaked

160 covid patients in gloucestershire hospitals late last week as admissions peaked - 160 Covid patients in Gloucestershire hospitals ‘late last week’ as admissions peaked

The number of people fighting Covid in Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals passed the first wave peak ‘over the weekend’ and has since fallen, a local NHS leader has said, writes Leigh Boobyer.

Deborah Lee said there was a “bit of a spike” over the weekend which saw 166 people admitted into Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals with Covid, and the figure is higher than the peak in the first wave in April which stood at 148.

As of yesterday, there are approximately 133 patients with Covid in Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General hospital beds, she added.

Speaking in a webchat on Facebook, Ms Lee said staff “managed it well” but added it was “a challenge”.

This means that since the start of the national four-week lockdown in November, the figure rose from 38 (November 5), to 98 (November 11), to 132 (November 18), to 138 on Wednesday as lockdown is lifted with 166 at its peak last weekend.

Ms Lee said new data about the impact of the second lockdown has found that there has been a “downturn in the amount of virus circulating in our local population”.

She said: “We have got about 133 patients in our hospital beds, similar types of patients to last week.

“What we did have though is a bit of a spike over the weekend. You might remember 148 was the number of patients we peaked at in the last wave which was April, and 166 patients were in our care late last week.

“Slightly more than the first time but thankfully that started to recede.

“Entirely in-line with what we had modelled and predicted, we managed that well.

“Again as we predicted patients tend to move through stages: you get a rise in the community, you then get a rise in hospital admissions and then you get a rise in critical care admissions which is exactly what we are seeing.

“What is really positive, and I know many people will be interested in this, we have got the first data now of what the impact of the lockdown has been for Gloucestershire.

“I am really glad we have seen that this morning because it shows that we have had a downturn in the amount of virus circulating in our local population.

“We have gone from around 170 patients per 100,000 with the virus to 110. That is not a small reduction that is a really good reduction.

“We are not out of the woods because that is still 702 people with covid with the R at about one, who can pass it onto another. But it does show the sacrifices people made has had a real benefit.

“Lockdown does work. Be really cautious over Christmas. Please if you want to see your loved ones that is a personal choice but do it carefully.

“Wash your hands while you are singing your carols, keep a distance and if your relatives are elderly I suggest everyone wears a mask as well when you are close by.

“Make the most of it but be really cautious because we are making such in-roads, and we now know the vaccine is literally around the corner.

“Let us not give away all the great gains we have made, because by goodness 166 patients in our beds was a challenge last week.”

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