Over 1000 Coronavirus Patients

Over a thousand patients have now been admitted to Derby and Burton’s hospitals with Covid-19 – around half of whom have since recovered and been discharged.

It has been around three months since the Covid-19 outbreak hit the UK, with the first case confirmed in February.
Since then, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that 1,000 patients have been admitted to its facilities after testing positive for the virus.

Of those, 490 have since been discharged after recovering under medical supervision.

Around 190 are still in beds at the Royal Derby Hospital and Queen’s Hospital in Burton.

As of April 23, 315 patients have died in the two hospitals after contracting the virus – however the reported figures for deaths lags substantially.

This can often be due to the time it takes to contact family members and loved ones – along with complications around confirming the cause of death.

The hospital trust said it is not currently providing the number of patients in intensive care beds at its Derby and Burton sites.

It also said it is not currently providing information on the number of UHDB staff who have been admitted to its hospitals with Covid-19 and also those admitted to intensive care beds.

On April 7, hospital chiefs told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that there were 30 patients in intensive care beds at the two sites, three of which were UHDB staff themselves.

It had also announced expansion plans to increase intensive care beds six-fold from 22 to 129 across the Derby and Burton hospitals.
The hospital trust has always been keen to stress that its bid to remain within capacity and fight the virus relies on members of the public following lockdown and social-distancing measures.

It has also made clear that the virus affects every section of society, even if some only show mild symptoms or do not display any at all.

Two UHDB staff have died so far after contracting Covid-19.

On April 20, Manjeet Singh Riyat, an A&E consultant at Royal Derby – who had led its emergency department for decades, died aged 52.

On March 28, Amged El-Hawrani, an ear, nose and throat consultant at Queen’s in Burton, died aged 55.

Eddie Bisknell (LDRS)

Eddie writes for Nailed through the Local Democracy Reporting Service, in partnership with the BBC. The Local Democracy Reporting Service is a partnership of media outlets sharing reporters to cover council meetings.

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