Almost 70 Covid patients in our hospitals as the pressure on the services increases

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There are currently almost 70 Covid-19 patients in our hospitals as the pressure on health services increases.

As of Friday, September 17th, there are 36 Covid patients in the Royal Derby Hospital, 21 in the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and 12 in the Queen’s Hospital in Burton.

Of these, 10 are in intensive care after suffering extreme illness from the virus, six in the Royal Derby, three in Chesterfield Royal and one in Queen’s.

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Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in the community remains stubbornly high, with around 3,200 infections recorded in the last week. This is 13 times the level Derbyshire reached in the same week last September.

An army of health professionals and volunteers have now successfully vaccinated 90.8 percent of all adults in Derbyshire with one dose, while 85.9 percent of the adult populations of the county and city have received both doses.

The pressure on our health services has reached a fever before the onset of winter and further stresses.

This is due to a combination of reasons including Covid-19 as the staff is paralyzed by infection prevention measures as they struggle to catch up on a backlog of patients waiting for treatment.

While the number of Covid patients in our hospitals is far fewer than during the winter peak in January – when infections also ran into the thousands – our healthcare system is under more stress due to the level of performance it is trying to provide.

In January, many health services were suspended to free up beds and staff to treat Covid patients, but this time the services are fully open and as close to usual capacity as possible.

At the same time, the health workers themselves contract Covid-19, which puts additional strain on the system.

Last week, Derbyshire’s entire healthcare system was put on high alert – known as the Opel 4 – which is extremely unusual outside of winter.

Opel 4 means that “the pressure in the local health and social system continues to escalate and organizations are unable to guarantee comprehensive care. There is an increased risk that patient care and safety will be compromised. “

It also includes incidents of “unexpected downsizing” that “create increased pressure on patient flow at levels that affect service delivery and patient safety”.

Health officials say some surgeries will have to be canceled due to continued pressure.

They have advised patients to use the proper health services when needed, including their family doctor, 111.

A spokesman for Chesterfield Royal Hospital said: “Covid-19 is still out there, a health risk and we are treating a number of patients with the virus, some of whom are seriously ill.

“It is therefore extremely important that all visitors to the hospital follow our safety guidelines by wearing face covers, disinfecting their hands, social distancing and respecting all of our employees who do an incredible job in difficult circumstances.

“To cope with this and the increasing demand for our services, we are also asking people to use the NHS services most appropriate to their health needs.

“General practitioners are open and keep appointments, pharmacies help with advice and over-the-counter solutions for colds, abdominal discomfort and rashes, and urgent treatment centers are a good alternative to our emergency room if your injury is not life-threatening.

“They can treat you for serious illnesses such as light head butts and suspected broken bones.

“By following this simple and important piece of advice, you can take the pressure off our services, retain our patients, staff and visitors, and ensure that we are there for you when you need to use our services.”

Gavin Boyle, executive director of Royal Derby Hospital and Queen’s Hospital in Burton, said there is currently “unprecedented” demand for health services, with emergency rooms under “significant pressure” that are normally not seen outside of winter.

The Trust says it has now released more than 5,000 Covid-19 patients either back home or to the nearest care location.

Mr. Boyle said, “The vaccine clearly works. These are relatively low numbers given the level of infection in the community. As a rule, the patients are also doing less badly than before.

“However, the vaccine is not a guarantee and so it is still important to take reasonable precautions, especially in closed public spaces. We are keeping most of our controls for the foreseeable future.

“With the virus still spreading widely and schools returning, we anticipate the fall and winter pandemic to be an important factor.

“We are maintaining our incident response measures so that we can respond quickly to changes in demand for our services.

“This includes the option of reopening the intensive care unit capacity used in wave 2 and reallocating wards for Covid-19 patients if necessary.”

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