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Covid patients on the rise in Sheffield, Huddersfield and Halifax hospitals as bosses issue vaccine plea

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Hospital bosses have issued pleas as the number of Covid patients rises across Yorkshire – with more than 100 in Sheffield hospital beds for the first time since March.

Professor Chris Morley, chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said a “real spread” of patients are in the city’s hospitals “with no sign of a let up”.

“They are not all older people, and many patients are also not vaccinated,” the health chief stressed.

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Meanwhile Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust reported 10 Covid patients on ventilators for the first time since February as of Tuesday, according to NHS data.

Deputy chief operating officer Bev Walker said the trust has reported an increase Covid patients in recent weeks, with 43 in beds as of Tuesday – about the level it it reported in early March.

Prof Morley said coronavirus cases are still “Incredibly high” in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

“The most recent data suggests that we will have high levels of the virus with us for some months to come and can expect to see a further rise in hospital admissions which means we all have to remain vigilant in our day to day activities to limit the spread,” he said.

“Our patients, visitors and communities have been hugely supportive over the past year, and we need that support to continue while we still have such high prevalence of Covid-19 in our city.”

Both hospital bosses urged people to get vaccinated, as well as observing social distancing, mask-wearing and ventilation if meeting indoors.

“Our teams are really going the extra mile to see people as quickly as possible and we are doing well but we need to keep our services, staff and patients as free of Covid as we can to continue to do that,” said Prof Morley.

“Being vaccinated will greatly reduce the chances of you becoming really sick and needing our care. This in turn means we will have more staff and beds available to catch up the non-Covid care which was paused for several months during the earlier part of the pandemic.

“That is why we are still asking people to wear a mask, wash their hands and keep their distance from others and to not attend or visit if they have any symptoms or have someone in their household who is positive or has symptoms.


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“We also have extremely vulnerable patients in our care who we have a duty to protect by limiting the opportunities or the virus to spread in our buildings or to our staff.”

There are 1,067 Covid patients in hospitals in the North East and Yorkshire as of Thursday, according to NHS data – about the level there was in mid-March this year.

About 134 of these patients are on ventilators.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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