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Yorkshire hospital now has more Covid-19 patients than in first wave

Written by on 26/10/2020

Numbers of patients in hospital with coronavirus has now soared past 200 – “far beyond” the level medics had to care for during the first wave of the disease earlier this year.

Health chiefs have revealed that numbers needing hospital care have almost doubled in a week, with two deaths linked to the virus, as they have appealed for the public to take the risk seriously.

Details of the escalating crisis emerged shortly after South Yorkshire entered ‘tier three’ status, the most serious restrictions currently available.

At present there are 164 patients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, 16 at Bassetlaw Hospital and 21 at Montagu Hospital.

A spokesman for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust said: “Of these patients, eight require critical care, with three on mechanical ventilation, 20 non-invasive ventilation and 11 oxygen.

“This does not mean the other 150 or so patients do not require high levels of hospital care, it simply means they just do not need these specific interventions and treatments.”

In the space of three days 14 patients admitted with coronavirus symptoms have been well enough to leave and since March the Trust has dealt with 1,141 patients.

“To those who make comparisons with influenza – from April 2018 to March 2019 (the financial year), we cared for 370 patients with flu.

“Looking at the second-wave from September, we have already cared for 408 patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Both are extremely serious illnesses, but contrary to what some claim, this is a false equivalency as one is very much known to us and has a medically-informed quadrivalent and trivalent vaccine, and we encourage everyone to get the flu jab this year as soon as they can.

“If everyone recognises this, rather than trying to explain why the impact of Covid-19 isn’t so bad, attitudes will change and as a result the rates will drop, as will hospital admissions and the impact of this new disease will be much less and we will be able to move back down the risk tiers.”