Breaking News – Intensive Care Units in Manchester are about to run out of beds as the region sees a vast surge in Covid-19 cases.
Numerous operating theatres and non-vital service areas in Manchester hospitals are being prepared to become interim Intensive Care Units (ICU) as the regions sees an upsurge in need. The second wave of the coronavirus in the area has seen a much greater influx of patients and there is very real concern between health care professionals that the current level of ICU bed will run out within days.
It is estimated that the current number of admissions in ICU could soar to 371 patients by the end of November with the current capacity only being a total of 100.
This would see multiple elective and non-elective non-urgent treatments being further postponed as ICU surge contingency plans would see numerous operating theatres transformed into wards.
In the initial wave of coronavirus in Manchester saw the total number of required ICU beds totalling 226 on April 14 where it peaked, however experts are predicting this to be much higher during the winter months.
Manchester’s Nightingale Hospital has also been prepared to open and will take both coronavirus and non-coronavirus related patients to alleviate the pressure on existing NHS services.
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