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Covid latest: Nottinghamshire hospitals – 50% more people in hospital with virus than at peak as admissions and bed occupancy increase

This week our hospitals have seen the numbers of new Covid-19 admissions decrease.

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In an update from hospitals across the county, here are the latest bed occupancy figures relating to Covid patients. 

 

There were 253 hospital admissions in Nottinghamshire relating to Covid-19 in the seven days to 27th December, compared with 246 for the previous seven days.

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Latest figures:

There are 450 beds occupied by Covid+ patients as of 29th December, this compares to 396 on 22nd December.

Of those 450 beds, 8% were mechanically ventilated.

There are 50% more people in our hospitals than we did at the peak of the first wave in April.

In the week from 23rd December – 29th December there were 41 deaths within 28 days of a positive virus test.

Dr Andy Haynes, Executive Lead, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, said: “The increase in Covid positive cases within our hospitals has started to accelerate over the Christmas period which is very concerning. We are seeing the numbers of admissions increase and sadly the numbers of deaths across our region has started to increase too.

“We must all do our bit to try and control the acceleration of infections and reduce the pressure on our hospitals and healthcare settings. It is imperative that people follow the new Tier 4 restrictions to help do this, especially over the New Year period. Under the new Government guidance you cannot leave or be outside of your home unless you have a reasonable excuse, you cannot meet other people indoors unless they are part of your support bubble and outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.

“However, healthcare is a specific exemption from these rules and your NHS is still here for you. GPs are open as usual outside of bank holidays and if you are unsure which service you need always call 111 or go to 111 online first. Don’t go to A&E unless it is an emergency and always follow national guidance when in a healthcare setting.

“I know these measures have been difficult, especially over the Christmas period. The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire mental health advice line is available 9am-11pm, 7 days a week. If you’re struggling with mental health issues and need to talk to someone, you can call 0300 555 0730 for emotional support.”