Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has been forced to postpone non-urgent surgery after becoming filled to capacity with COVID-19 patients.
Appointments have also been postponed until November 6, after the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) saw a ‘dramatic increase in the number of patients with Covid-19’. Tracy Taylor, the Trust’s chief executive said, quote: “Over the last few days we have exceeded 200 patients with the virus in the hospital, and every day this is increasing by nearly another full ward of people.”
She went on to say: “Some of these patients, 16 at the time of writing, are sadly very unwell and receiving treatment by our critical care staff. Some more have also died with the virus in the last few days.
This surge is now at levels similar to April and is combining with our normal winter emergency pressures.’ On postponing appointments and surgery- I am so sorry that we have had to make this decision but it is necessary to ensure we can continue to keep everyone in the hospital safe while we deal with this virus.”
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