UK Hospital pressures now far surpass Greater Manchester's April peak last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Last night the North West Ambulance Service escalated to the maximum alert level due to 'extreme' strain on the NHS, as the Nightingale prepares to open more beds

UK Hospital pressures now far surpass Greater Manchester's April peak last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Last night the North West Ambulance Service escalated to the maximum alert level due to 'extreme' strain on the NHS, as the Nightingale prepares to open more beds

UK Hospital pressures now far surpass Greater Manchester's April peak last minute news
13 January 2021 - 13:45

Breaking News ! Greater Manchester is now tracking the ‘worst case scenario’ for the pandemic’s third wave, it is understood, as patient numbers far exceed those in the April peak. Hospitals in Salford and Wigan are under particular pressure, with more than one health insider reporting the system as a whole to now be averaging 92pc occupancy outside of critical care. In Wigan, where it is understood almost two thirds of coronavirus cases are now the new strain, it is understood the hospital trust has at times been close to full outside of ICU, although the picture changes on a daily basis. Wigan was also the first area here to see major NHS pressures during the second wave, with health chiefs believing its proximity to Merseyside - where cases have been rocketing faster than in Greater Manchester - to be a key factor. But the pressures are being felt throughout the Greater Manchester system. On Sunday, hospitals here had just shy of 1,200 people with the virus in beds outside of intensive care, a 30pc increase on a week earlier, when the region’s health lead Sir Richard Leese had warned of a real risk the system would ‘fall over’ this month. The figure far exceeds April’s peak - of around 890 patients in general and acute beds - and is fractionally below the busiest period in November. While that number dropped down a little in the 24 hours that followed, as the system rushes to discharge people wherever possible, less urgent cancer operations are continuing to be postponed on a case-by-case basis. Two senior health sources told the M.E.N. that Greater Manchester's NHS is tracking the ‘worst case scenario’ of pandemic planning. Read More Related Articles Andy Burnham coronavirus press conference LIVE as intense pressure on Greater Manchester's hospitals builds Read More Related Articles Sign up for the MEN's free daily newsletter The pressures are particularly severe outside of critical care, with health leaders not expecting the peak here for up to a fortnight and North West infection rates climbing faster than any other region bar the West Midlands. Last night North West Ambulance Service escalated its alert level to the maximum due to 'extreme' hospital and staffing pressures, a further sign of the strain the region’s system is under. One doctor said that move was ‘not usual’.

. NHS Nightingale Hospital North West at Manchester Central (Image: Getty Images) “It is a sign of the strain on the system and an indication of the pressure we will be facing in the next couple of weeks,” they said of the move by NWAS. “Frankly speaking, it’s all going to get worse - hospitals, ambulances, GP surgeries.” A second said they were particularly worried about sick people without Covid staying away from the region’s hospitals. “The number of non-Covid patients is declining rapidly, as seen in London,” they said. “Cancer operations are dropping still. The key thing worrying me is that we absolutely need poorly people to go to hospital and get help, or they will die at home.” Another senior health source said all 36 initial beds opened at the Nightingale, which serves the whole North West region, are now full, with a further 36 due to come on-stream next Monday and up to 72 the following week, although it is unclear who will be staffing them. Other parts of the North West - where some areas have been recording case rates of more than 1,000 per 100,000 people - are under even more strain than Greater Manchester. Figures seen by the M.E.N. show Mid Cheshire NHS Trust had more than twice the number of Covid patients outside of critical care that it had in April’s peak, with Wirral University Teaching Hospital recording a similar rise. A further update on Greater Manchester’s hospital situation is due at this afternoon’s Greater Manchester press conference.

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UK Hospital pressures now far surpass Greater Manchester's April peak last minute news


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