Highest number of Covid patients in region's hospitals for almost one year

By Tristan Cork

The number of people in the region’s hospitals with Coronavirus has increased again, and is now at its highest level since last February.

But there is good news too - as the number of covid patients who are seriously ill and needing ventilators is continuing to gradually decrease.

According to the latest data released by the Government, a total of 921 people were in hospital with Covid today, Tuesday, across the South West.

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The most recent figures, released today by the Department of Health, show the number of people with Covid in hospital has increased dramatically again at the start of this week and has now more than doubled since Christmas.
The 921 people in hospital with Covid in the south west is an increase of 116 from last Tuesday’s figure, which itself was a huge jump since Christmas, when 464 people were hospitalised with Covid.

The numbers of people with Covid in hospital had stabilised last week, after a New Year jump from around 700 at the start of the year to 850 in the first five days of January. It stabilsed around that number as similar numbers of patients were being discharged as being admitted. But on Monday and Tuesday, there were big increases in the numbers in hospital.

But there was better news regarding the number of cases of Covid that are serious. The number of people across the region who have Covid and require mechanical ventilation has fallen again.

Of those 912 patients with Covid, only 37 currently are on ventilators, which is a drop from more than 60 at the start of the year and more than 70 back in November.

But with numbers in hospital still rising, and staff absences in hospitals across the region still high, NHS bosses say the service is still facing a daunting and challenging time..

Hospitals in the region are already having to scale back other treatments and admissions to cope with the influx of Covid patients. Many less serious covid patients are being sent home under a ‘virtual hospital’ scheme, where they are monitored remotely in their own homes by medical staff at hospital.

The NHS in Bristol has also booked out a floor at the Bristol Hotel in Prince Street, where it has hired a privately-run care firm to monitor patients in individual hotel rooms.

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