Westcountry’s Covid-19 hospital occupancy

From today’s Western Morning News:

Three of the Westcountry’s five hospital trusts currently have the lowest percentage of beds occupied by Covid-19 patients anywhere in England.Figures from NHS England and the Health Service Journal based on the position as of Monday, January 11, show that the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, which runs North Devon District Hospital, has the lowest percentage of adult acute beds occupied by Covid-positive patients at just three per cent.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has just five per cent of beds occupied, while University Hospitals Plymouth (Derriford Hospital) had eight per cent of beds occupied – the only three trusts in England where the number was below 10 per cent.

In contrast, at least ten hospital trusts of the 123 in England have half or more of their adult acute beds occupied by Covid-positive patients, with 45 of them having at least a third of their adult general and acute beds occupied by patients with coronavirus.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is currently seeing 17% of its beds occupied, with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust at 12%. But Plymouth rose by 6.8% and Cornwall by 6.7% in a week, showing there is no room for complacency.

Meanwhile twelve more people with coronavirus have died at Westcountry hospitals, the latest NHS data shows.

Figures released on Wednesday confirmed that there were three Covid-19 fatalities in North Devon, one at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, and one at Derriford Hospital.

Seven more deaths were recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

In total 600 people have died in hospitals across Devon and Cornwall with coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.