Hospital admissions surge 33 per cent in a week

Covid-19 hospital admissions jump by a THIRD in a week as official data shows they are rising quickest in the south of England amid fears NHS ‘could run out of beds by December 17’

  • Mechanical ventilator bed use surged 25 per cent in a week to 3,298 patients
  • South East recorded the biggest rise in Covid-19 admissions and ventilator use
  • Comes as ministers are warned Britain could run out of beds by December 17

Hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients surged by 33 per cent in just seven days, official data reveals.

The biggest spike was recorded in the South of England, amid warnings the spread of infections is gathering steam in the region. Admissions jumped by 53 per cent in the South East.

There were 6,661 infected patients sent to hospitals in England in the week ending October 25, compared to 5,009 new admissions the week before. The number of patients hooked up to mechanical ventilators also rose 25 per cent in the same time frame, jumping from 3,298 to 4,122.

It can take Covid patients several weeks to fall severely ill and need NHS treatment, meaning the consequences of spikes in cases are only just beginning to be felt. 

It comes after the Government was warned by officials yesterday that space in all hospitals – including Nightingales – could run out on December 17, unless further action is taken to curb the rising tide of infections.

The warning will pile more pressure on Boris Johnson to act, and comes after SAGE projected the second wave could be deadlier than the first and lead to 85,000 deaths. 

Hospital admissions in England have risen 33 per cent in seven days, official data shows

The highest spike was recorded in the South East, where they rose by 53 per cent

Hospital admissions in England surge 33% and mechanical ventilator bed use up 25%

Hospital admissions in England leapt by a third in the week ending October 25 – the latest for which data is available.

KEY: Region, percentage rise, Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital in week ending October 18, and in week ending October 25.

South East: 53 per cent, 276 to 423

East of England: 52 per cent, 209 to 318

Midlands: 47 per cent, 919 to 1,347

North East: 44 per cent, 1,209 to 1,739

South West: 42 per cent, 217 to 309

London: 38 per cent, 530 to 729

North West: 9 per cent, 1,649 to 1,796

ENGLAND: 33 per cent, 5,009 to 6,661 


KEY: Region, percentage rise, total Covid-19 patients on ventilators in week ending October 18, and in week ending October 25.

South East: 68 per cent, 76 to 128

Midlands: 43 per cent, 640 to 912

East of England: 37 per cent, 136 to 186

South West: 28 per cent, 110 to 141

North West: 27 per cent, 1,029 to 1,309

London: 22 per cent, 536 to 656

North East: 2 per cent, 771 to 790

ENGLAND: 25 per cent, 3,298 to 4,122 

The South East recorded the largest spikes in the number of patients admitted and the number of patients on ventilators, NHS England data reveals.

The region’s admissions surged 53 per cent, from 276 patients to 423, while the number on ventilators leapt 68 per cent, from 76 to 128.

The East of England – which has also so far escaped stricter curbs – recorded the second largest spike in hospital admissions, up 52 per cent from 209 to 318, and the third highest spike in ventilator use, up 37 per cent from 136 to 186.

The Midlands registered the third highest spike in hospital admissions, up 47 per cent from 919 to 1,347, and second highest in ventilator use, up 43 per cent from 640 to 912.

In the North West – where 9million people are under the harshest restrictions in England, hospital admissions rose by the lowest rate in England, at nine per cent.

But they still accounted for the largest number of admissions across the UK nation.

NHS England data shows they rose from 1,649 to 1,796.

Considering Covid-19 patients on ventilators, figures showed they also had the highest number in England – at 1,309. 

This marked a 27 per cent rise – the fifth highest – from 1,029 recorded the week before.

In the North East, which has also been under stricter measures due to surging infections, hospitals struggled against the fourth highest rise in admissions, by 44 per cent, but had the lowest rise in the number of patients on ventilators, by two per cent.

Nonetheless, their total number of patients needing the machines is the third highest in England. 

NHS England figures show 1,739 patients were newly admitted to hospital with Covid-19, up from 1,209 the previous week.

And the number of patients on ventilators rose to 790 from 771 the previous week. 

Ministers were warned yesterday that without drastic action Britain’s hospitals could quickly become full.

A well-placed source told the Daily Mail: ‘Ministers have been told in clear terms that if no further action is taken, at the present rate of rising infections, every hospital bed in England will be full by December 17.

‘They would have no choice but to turn people away, including additional Covid-19 patients, people who have heart attacks, cancer, road accident victims – because there would be no beds to put them in or staff to treat them.

‘There could be a repeat here of the scenes in Lombardy in Italy at the start of the pandemic: the sick put in operating rooms or corridors.

‘Hospital admissions are forecast to go up slowly for the next few weeks but shoot up towards Christmas.

‘People don’t realise that social distancing measures can mean only ten beds in a ward meant to take 20.

‘And there is a finite number of trained ICU [intensive care unit] staff – you cannot do it without special training.’

A Downing Street source also confirmed to the newspaper that the Government had been advised hospitals could run out of space before Christmas.

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