New statistics have revealed the locations of the 23 hospital trusts in which more than a third of the beds are occupied by Covid patients.
The data, which does not include intensive care beds, shows that at several trusts, the total number of their coronavirus patients rose rapidly within a week, so that they would soon be completely filled with those with the virus, the virus Mirror online reports.
All but one trust are in the southeast, 12 of them in the capital alone.
In addition, occupancy is increasing in all but one – while three trusts, North Middlesex in north London and Medway and Dartford and Gravesham in Kent, occupied more than half of the general and acute beds of coronavirus patients.
The situation could have “radical ramifications for emergency hospital care” for the worst-hit trusts if the numbers continue to rise Health Service Journal reports.
In London as a whole, a third of general and acute beds were occupied by coronavirus patients.
The HSJ noted that increasing coronavirus occupancy in both intensive care units and general and acute beds “puts a heavy strain on hospitals’ ability to treat other patients.”
It comes after doctors said the pressure on the NHS in London is now being seen across the country – and doctors are “exhausted”.
When asked if the problems were becoming “more widespread,” Dr. Alison Pittard, dean of the Intensive Care Faculty, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “That seems to be happening.
“Everyone has seen what is happening in London and the pressure on both organizations and employees. We fear that it is only a matter of time before it spreads to other parts of the country, and we already are. ” start to see that.
“It’s really important that we try to stop the transmission in the community as it leads to hospitalizations.”
In addition, general practitioners have told patients that they cannot provide non-urgent care and can only help people who are in medical emergencies due to the Covid-19 surge, partly caused by the new variant.
Indeed, one operation in West London emailed patients to inform them that they had canceled all routine appointments and had been working with reduced clinical capacity due to a “national mandate”.
In an email seen by Spiegel, West Hampstead Medical Center said, “Due to the recent surge in Covid in London, all primary care physicians have been essentially told not to stop urgent work.
“….. We are facing an unprecedented demand for medical care and we have fewer clinicians to meet this challenge due to the small number of team members currently suffering from Covid.”
The top 23 rely on more than a third of the beds occupied by Covid 19 patients
NHS Trust of North Middlesex University Hospital, London – 63.1%
Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Kent – 57.6%
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Kent – 50.4%
NHS Foundation Trust of Homerton University Hospital, London – 46.4%
NHS Foundation Trust in Mid and South Essex, Essex – 45.3%
NHS Foundation Trust of East Kent Hospitals University, Kent – 44.9%
Whittington Health NHS Trust, London – 44.1%
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hertfordshire – 44.0%
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Kent – 42.3%
NHS Foundation Trust of Milton Keynes University Hospital, Buckinghamshire – 41.0%
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, London – 40.4%
Barts Health NHS Trust, London – 40.2%
Royal Free London NHS Trust, London – 39.5%
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, London – 37.6%
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey – 36.6%
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, London – 35.8%
Kings College Hospitals NHS Trust, London -35.8%
The NHS Foundation Trust of Hillingdon Hospitals, London – 35.5%
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Essex NHS Trust – 35.4%
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Durham – 35.3%
Kingston Foundation NHS Foundation Trust, London – 35.2%
NHS Foundation Trust of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London – 35.1%
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Berkshire – 35.1%