香港頻道

 找回密碼
 即刻註冊
查看: 395|回復: 0

Covid: How busy are hospitals in England?

[複製鏈接]

5

主題

5

帖子

32

積分

新手上路

Rank: 1

積分
32
發表於 2021-1-8 15:59:32 | 顯示全部樓層 |閱讀模式
Covid: How busy are hospitals in England?



When announcing the national lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the NHS
risked being overwhelmed if the measures weren't taken.



But statistics suggest that the proportion of beds currently occupied by patients is
actually lower than usual.



So how can both things be true?


What is different this year?
Winter is normally an incredibly busy time for the NHS, coinciding with the peak of
the flu season.



This is why we often see new stories at this time of year about patients facing long
waits for care and ambulances struggling to get patients into emergency departments.



But this year, the system is facing the added pressure of preventing coronavirus
spreading between patients while anticipating surges in cases.



The changes this year include:


- Less space for beds due to the need for larger gaps between them
- The division of wards into three zones: those for people with coronavirus, those
awaiting test results and those who have tested negative

- Increased infection control - including cleaning and putting on personal protective
equipment (PPE) - which takes up staff time

- Increased critical care beds and patients, which require more intensive staffing


Combined, these factors mean that hospitals have less capacity than usual,
meaning fewer beds are available for fewer patients.



In total, NHS hospitals in England have about 7,000 fewer available beds than usual.


What does the data show?
The data shows that hospitals were at about 87% occupancy in December and early
January, however this figure increases to just over 90% in London and
the South East.



This means that for every 10 hospital beds available across England, roughly nine
had a patient in them on any given day.



This occupancy rate is actually noticeably lower than a usual year. In a normal winter,
occupancy tends to average between 93% and 95%.



How much extra room is there?
In theory, there are 12,000 free beds in NHS hospitals in England.


But no hospital ever aims to be close to 100% occupancy.


Guidance actually recommends that an optimum level is about 85% occupancy.
This is to reduce the risk of staff becoming overstretched or being unable to deal with
any unexpected surges of patients for whatever reason.



The coronavirus has meant that hospital bosses have felt the need to ensure even
more wiggle room than usual, because the virus tends to spread quickly.



The number of patients in hospital in England with the virus has increased by 8,000
since the start of December, hitting 22,534 on 1 January, a record high.

Follow many more news here. : slotxo


回復

使用道具 舉報

您需要登錄後才可以回帖 登錄 | 即刻註冊

本版積分規則

Archiver|手機版|小黑屋|香港頻道 繁體中文

JS of wanmeiff.com and vcpic.com Please keep this copyright information, respect of, thank you!JS of wanmeiff.com and vcpic.com Please keep this copyright information, respect of, thank you!

GMT+8, 2021-1-16 21:55

快速回復 返回頂部 返回列表