Sheffield news Critical care beds completely full across Yorkshire at the weekend MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Extra beds were added, but it's not enough
Breaking News ! There no were extra critical care beds at four major hospital trusts in Yorkshire at the weekend, official figures show. For the second consecutive week, there were no adult critical care beds empty at sites run by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, despite extra beds being added. In Leeds, all 75 adult critical care beds were full across the city's major hospitals. Meanwhile, all nine critical care beds were full at both Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust sites. The troubling revelations come as the UK recorded more deaths in a single day than at any other stage during the coronavirus pandemic yesterday (Wednesday). 1,564 people lost their lives to Covid-19 in a 24-hour window. Clinical staff wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they care for a patient at the Intensive Care Unit in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic (Image: 2020 Getty Images) Figures released by the NHS today revealed that two additional adult critical care beds were installed across Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. That decision came after all 13 beds at the hospitals were occupied on January 3. Nonetheless, the increased maximum number of beds, 15, were then occupied on January 10. At Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, an extra 16 critical care beds were added in the week to January 10 - but all 75 ICU spaces were taken on Sunday. In addition, all seven paediatric intensive care beds were occupied too. North Yorkshire hospitals had just 12 adult critical care beds free on Sunday, but there were no spaces at either Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. That's despite three extra beds being added. While beds may have been available at the sites above for periods on January 10, none were empty when the count was made. A&Es across North Yorkshire also agreed to temporarily divert patients to other A&E departments to relieve pressure once in the week ending January 10 - at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. That compares to no incidents the week before. Demand on NHS resources meant 92 ambulances had to wait more than 30 minutes to handover patients at A&E last week (6.5 per cent), including 39 waiting more than an hour (2.8 per cent). That’s the equivalent of one in 15 ambulances facing a wait of more than half-an-hour. The target is for handovers to take under 15 minutes.
.6 per cent) Hospital trusts in England boosted critical care beds by 11 per cent or 552 beds in a week - from 4,951 adult beds on January 3 to 5,503 on January 10. However, bed occupancy rose by 16 per cent over the same period On Sunday, 84.2 per cent of adult critical care beds were occupied, up from 80.4 per cent the week before. There were 27 trusts reporting their critical care beds were 100 per cent full, up from 25 a week before.
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Occupancy rates had risen from 63.9 per cent to 69.5 per cent in paediatric intensive care and remained at 65.6 per cent in neonatal critical care. As well as this, the number of ambulances facing a wait of more than an hour outside A&E has stayed stable - however, the number of ambulances arriving dropped. Overall, 14,780 ambulances had to wait more than 30 minutes to handover patients at A&E last week (17.2 per cent), including 5,513 waiting more than an hour (6.4 per cent). That’s the equivalent of one in six ambulances facing a wait of more than half-an-hour. That was up from 9,256 ambulances waiting half-an-hour or longer (16.0 per cent) in the previous week, with 5,513 waiting more than an hour (5.8 per cent). A&Es across England had to temporarily divert patients to other A&E departments 25 times in the week ending January 3. That compares to 20 incidents the week before.
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