Cheshire news Over half Countess of Chester Hospital beds occupied by Covid patients MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Trust has revealed the percentage of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients
Breaking News ! More than half of the beds at a Cheshire trust are occupied by COVID-19 patients. Over 60 per cent of hospital beds at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are occupied by COVID-19 patients, the Trust has said. The news came as Dr Darren Kilroy, Medical Director at the Trust, moved to assure patients transferred to other hospitals that they will continue to receive 'high quality' and 'compassionate' care. A spokesperson for the wider NHS said that during periods of increased pressure the NHS works together. This can often mean transferring patients from intensive care units from one hospital to another to provide mutual aid and ensure patients receive the best care. Read More Related Articles Cheshire hospital chief says situation 'far worse' than during April covid peak Read More Related Articles Lockdown 3 face mask rules explained as supermarkets move to refuse entry to those not wearing them Dr Darren Kilroy, Medical Director at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The Countess of Chester Hospital is currently working with neighbouring hospitals to ensure its patients - with Covid and also without Covid - receive the best possible care. "Responding to the pandemic requires a collaborative approach across our regional health system and I would like to assure those patients who have been transferred to other hospitals that they will continue to receive high quality and compassionate care." An NHS Spokesperson said: "Rates of Covid-19 infection across the North West are now rising fast and this is reflected in increasing pressure on our hospitals, with more people admitted to hospital with Covid, more people in our general beds, more patients being treated in intensive care, and more people staying in hospital for longer with Covid. "During periods of increased pressure the NHS works together to ensure patients get the care they need often transferring patients from intensive care units from one hospital to another working together to provide mutual aid and ensure patients receive the best care." The latest comments came after Dr Susan Gilby, CEO of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, took to Twitter on Sunday (January 10) to ask people to stay at home. Dr Gilby said that 61 per cent of beds are now occupied by patients who have COVID-19. The figure will come as no surprise given the drastic increase in coronavirus cases across the county over the last few weeks.
. "They need our care. We are prepared to care for more, but at some considerable human cost to staff, families & those who wait non Covid care. "PLEASE stay at home!"
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Dr Gilby also reassured one member of the public who commented on her post to ask about rumours that the children's ward at the hospital was closed off to treat COVID-19 patients and that children were instead being sent to Liverpool for A&E treatment. Susan said to one user: "I know how worried you must be. "We have a full service for paediatric urgent and & emergency cases. "Poorly children who attend will be treated & stabilised by our paediatric team. Only if If they are stable for transfer & need in patient care will they be transferred to Wirral."
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