Hospital bosses have condemned proposals that coronavirus is a conspiracy or a hoax.
Two medical directors from Nottinghamshire hospitals have shared the real reality of the effects of Covid-19 and insisted it was real.
The true reality of the full extent of the virus was captured in the intensive care unit at Queen’s Medical Center.
And they show that the virus can affect people of all ages.
This is the busiest time in the healthcare sector since the pandemic began, according to hospital bosses.
And they have responded to those who call the virus a joke or don’t take the pandemic seriously.
Medical Director of the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Dr. Keith Girling, told Nottinghamshire Live: “This is very real. We have seen a lot of press reports from people who did not believe it was real, caught Covid and realized how real it is.
“It is devastating to individuals and families.
“Anyone who has to be hospitalized for Covid means that we are unable to treat people with life-threatening conditions that are not Covid.
“As a result, we are currently unable to care for people waiting for orthopedic surgery and people waiting for general surgery.
“People are in pain. People are literally suffering because we cannot treat them, because our wards and intensive care units are filled with patients who have Covid.
“So if we continue to deny that Covid exists and endanger ourselves and others by spreading it, we are denying treatment to large numbers of other people who really need our care.”
Dr. Dave Selwyn, Medical Director at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Nottinghamshire Live revealed the harrowing example of a patient in his 20s cared for in intensive care who could not breathe.
“I worked a clinical shift in the intensive care unit yesterday (January 20th).
“We had a patient in his twenties that we couldn’t get oxygen into who came that day.
“So we had to take them to our regional special unit because we actually couldn’t get oxygen into them and they had to go on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine.
“These are young people who have this disease. This is an incredibly serious disease.
“I thought they were going to die of me. This is a 20 year old.
“I don’t think there will be anyone in the healthcare sector who hasn’t been touched by Covid, be it watching someone die, letting a relative die, or the effects of it.
“My concern is that we as a society will get to where everyone knows someone who has died of Covid, and that is my real concern.”
Dr. Andy Haynes, General Manager of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System said: “This is not a joke, it is real, it is the most important thing that the NHS has faced in my years. The demand for beds is very high, we are now more than twice as many beds were occupied as in April.
“Our ICU capacity is at its maximum capacity. Community services and nursing homes have to work very hard to keep the flow moving and free up hospital beds.
“All of our partners are now busy with their surge plans and modeling shows will continue to spike to a peak in our hospital occupancy in early February.
“There is some encouragement regarding infection rates that the position could improve in a few weeks.
“Obviously, the vaccination program is very important in reducing the number of deaths – although unfortunately we are seeing about 70 deaths a week in hospitals right now and it will likely be another four or five weeks.”
Both hospital directors wanted to emphasize that the NHS is “still open to business” and that people should not ignore symptoms or concerns.
Dr. Girling added, “It is a really important message that we have a health service that is not just a hospital service. We have fantastic non-profit services, we have really excellent confidence in the health service to provide psychological support and treatment, and so are we. ” work together very much as a health system.
“Patients, the public and citizens really need to have access to the right part of this system for their health needs.
“111, primary care, general practitioners, and emergency rooms are all open to business and we really encourage people to seek help with any symptoms or conditions they have.”