There are currently no patients needing intensive care for covid in Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals, a senior consultant has said, as England braces for another national lockdown.
Dave Windsor, senior intensive care consultant at the hospitals trust, said Gloucestershire is in a “very fortunate position” to have a low baseline of hospital admissions for coronavirus, but numbers have risen “dramatically” in the last week.
Speaking in a live webchat on the GloucestershireLive Facebook page, he said there are around 40 patients in hospital with Covid-19 as of yesterday – none of which need intensive care.
The webchat, chaired by former Citizen editor Ian Mean, Mr Windsor and hospitals trust chief executive Deborah Lee explain that the county’s current position in hospital admissions and the weeks ahead.
Ms Lee said she expects to see numbers continue to rise over the next two weeks, adding that the trust is “prepared for it”.
She also said in the webchat that Gloucestershire had a “golden chance” to save lives during lockdown as action taken now will hopefully spare the county the situation seen in hospitals in the north of England where routine operations have been cancelled and services are being pushed to the brink.
Dave Windsor said: “At the moment there are around 40 patients in hospital, that was yesterday. Today that number has actually fallen slightly which is reassuring. But we are seeing an increase in our numbers which we are prepared for.
“In intensive care we do not have any patients currently needing intensive care.
“We are in a very fortunate position in Gloucestershire which we are pleased to be in, but mindful of the way this disease is happening in surge two, and learning and talking to our colleagues.
“That is not the case in the rest of the South West, and there are more hospital admissions in other areas, and there are more intensive care admissions.
“We are optimistic at the moment and with the lockdown that we can continue to control that and continue to do all the other work your intensive cares do: cancer surgery; looking after people with acute medical illnesses as well.
“We are in a good position but numbers have increased dramatically in the last week.”
Deborah Lee said: “We have got about two weeks of that ahead of us, so just to reassure if you see the numbers continue to rise that is exactly what we are expecting to see.
“The benefit of the lockdown will take a couple of weeks before we then start to see hopefully the downturn and us getting control.
“We are prepared for that, we are expecting it. Our plans allow us to keep doing all the other things that we want to do as well during that two week period.”