|Добавлено: 8.11.2020 12:31 Заголовок сообщения: Coronavirus: North west hospital admissions 'plateauing'
|Coronavirus: North west hospital admissions 'plateauing'
The number of Covid-19 patients needing hospital care in Northern Ireland's north west is slowing down, health
chiefs have said.
It's a region that for a time in October had the UK's highest coronavirus infection rate.
The Western Trust's director of acute hospitals, Geraldine McKay said there is now a plateau in admissions to
Londonderry's Altnagelvin Hospital.
But the number of patients needing intensive care remains high, she said.
"Critical care is still moving up and is under pressure at this moment in time so that is where we find ourselves,
but patients coming into hospital with Covid seems to have plateaued," Ms McKay said.
Sixty-three coronavirus patients are currently being treated at the hospital, 11 in the intensive care unit (ICU).
She added: "There has been quite a hike in patient numbers this surge compared to the first surge."
The trust, she said, is now in a position "where we hope we have peaked" and "are now managing the very
significant situation of dealing with outbreaks in the community".
There have been 5,786 confirmed cases in the Derry and Strabane council area since March - 4,503 of them
were diagnosed since the start of October.
Thirty-five patients died in Altnagelvin during October, the trust has confirmed.
By the middle of the month the area had the highest Covid-19 infection rate per 100,000 population, according
to the figures compiled by the BBC's data unit.
Previously, medical officials said there was "strong evidence" that coronavirus restrictions imposed in the Derry
City and Strabane council area were making a difference.
Ms McKay thanked people for doing what was asked of them in minimising the risk of infection.
The trust, currently in "level red" of its Covid surge plan, has also revealed more than 1,000 staff - about 10%
of employees - are currently off work.
Ms McKay said the second wave spike has had an "ongoing" impact on surgical services.
Fourteen cancer surgeries that were cancelled in October due to a spike in coronavirus cases have now been
completed, she said.
However, Ms McKay raised concerns over some patients cancelling their own hospital surgeries due to fears
about coming to the hospital.
There are currently a total 1,328 staff off sick across the trust, with 492 staff absent in Altnagelvin, 139 at
South West Acute Hospital and 697 who work in the community.
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