Liverpool news Whiston Hospital numbers soar amid pleas for people to obey rules MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - "We are now treating more patients for COVID-19 than we have done at any time during the pandemic"
Breaking News ! Whiston Hospital is "extremely concerned" about the rate at which coronavirus patients are being admitted to the hospital, as staff are now treating more COVID-19 positive patients than during the peak of wave one. St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that as of yesterday, January 13, 168 inpatients are being treated for the effects of COVID-19 at Whiston Hospital. The highest number of inpatients, in April 2020, was 153. According to figures from the Trust, in just one day the hospital admitted almost a full ward of patients needing treatment for the effects of coronavirus and have also had to expand their intensive care capacity to accommodate the increasing numbers of patients requiring the "highest levels of care." Professor Rowan Pritchard Jones, Medical Director said managing these levels of activity is putting a "huge strain" on resources and staff and has made a plea to the local community to help stop the rapid rate of infection. Use your postcode below to find vaccine locations near where you live Professor Rowan Pritchard Jones said: "We are now treating more patients for COVID-19 than we have done at any time during the pandemic, and we are extremely concerned about the rate at which we are seeing patients admitted to our hospital. "Yesterday alone [Tuesday, January 12], 29 patients were admitted to our hospital needing treatment for the effects of the virus. "To put that in context, our average ward holds 33 patients, so in just one day we have admitted almost a ward of patients. "We have also had to expand our intensive care capacity to accommodate the increasing numbers of patients requiring the highest levels of care. Managing these levels of activity is putting a huge strain on our resources and on our staff." Professor Rowan Pritchard Jones said the Trust have plans in place to look after every patient that might need them, but if this significant increase in COVID positive patients continues, "it may affect the care they provide to other groups of patients." Read More Related Articles All the new-look Liverpool Echo newsletters and how to sign up for them Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it They said: "We need our local community to help us stop this rapid rate of infection and we need them to be as safety conscious as they were in wave one. The Liverpool City Region has shown before that it can take on this virus and reduce the rates dramatically, and we need our population to do it again. "Our staff have been under considerable pressure for the past 11 months, but they come into work each and every day, putting their own fears aside, to care for our patients with the same courage and compassion they have shown since March.
." Join our Knowsley news, community and people Facebook group here. The Liverpool City Region joined the rest of the England this month in a new national lockdown, with new rules similar to the lockdown we were placed into back in March with schools closed and most people required to work from home. Yesterday, the ECHO reported that new Covid-19 data reveal that infection rates in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) are still doubling week-on-week. According to Public Health England, there were 1005.08 cases per 100,000 population in the LCR in the week ending January 8 2021 - in the previous week there were 493.20 cases per 100,000 people. However there are some signs of hope, as the ECHO reported on the first indications of numbers beginning to fall very slightly in recent days. Data also showed Knowsley now has the third highest rate of new cases in the country, as its figures are up sharply from 598.6 to 1,461.6, with 2,205 new cases. Knowsley is also reported to have an reproduction rate ('R' rate) of 2.4 - when the number is more than 1.0 then the virus is growing.
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