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Bosses warn hospitals close to seeing numbers ‘far beyond’ first wave

Written by on 24/10/2020

Health bosses in Doncaster are warning that they soon could be treating “far more” people than the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic as the area enters Tier 3 restrictions.

The “very high” measures have been brought in today due to rising coronavirus cases across South Yorkshire.

Bars and pubs that don’t serve substantial meals have had to close and people are not allowed to mix with people who are not in their support bubble or household anywhere indoors.

But hospitals in Doncaster have issued a warning that they could soon be seeing numbers of patients “far beyond” those seen in the first wave of the pandemic.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust say that numbers doubled in October and now they are close to having 200 patients in their care for coronavirus.

It was also revealed that the region has the fifth highest bed occupancy in the country.

In a post issued today a spokesperson for the Trust said: “Today, in South Yorkshire, we find ourselves living under tighter restrictions as we move into the tier of ‘Very High Alert’.

The number of patients in hospital at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(Image: Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

“To give context as to why we are being asked, as a community, to adhere to this new guidance, we have created a graph showing admissions to our hospitals of those who have tested positive for Covid-19.

“As it shows, from very small numbers in September, we have found our rates doubling in October, and potentially it won’t be too long until we have more than 200 such individuals with us, far beyond the first-wave, and currently, our region has the fifth highest bed occupancy in the country and that’s why it is imperative that we flatten the curve.

“Please know that this level of activity, contrary to what you might hear on social media, isn’t normal for us or routine for this time of year.

“While winter is challenging, the traditionally busy period is usually as we head towards the middle of November and beyond.

“Undoubtedly it will be a challenging winter, and families and friends will have to make sacrifices during a time when we normally come together for celebrations such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and the run up to the holiday season, but, through our efforts, we will help to save lives.

“We hope this gives you some context as to why we are all being asked to live a little differently. Please put up with the discomfort just a little while longer – inevitably, this will pass and we will all be reunited and back to normal in the coming months.”