Bath Chronicle

Hospital plans to boost critical care

- Emma Elgee

The Royal United Hospital in Bath has made plans to add more critical care beds following reports that its critical care wards were at 100 per cent capacity.

It follows a BBC report that the hospital trust was one of ten across the country to consistent­ly report no spare critical care beds for adults in the week to January 10.

The number of patients with coronaviru­s at the hospital reached 116 on January 14, the highest level seen at any time in the pandemic. Due to the high demand for beds, the hospital has plans in place to expand its critical care units should the need to do so arise.

A spokesman for the


United Hospital said: “While critical care demand for Covid patients at the RUH has been high, we have managed that capacity and have plans in place to expand this further to provide more dedicated beds should we need to.”

The hospital has already confirmed that some non-emergency operations have been postponed to help relieve the pressure caused by the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Addressing the rise in Covid patients in a video on its Youtube channel, the hospital’s chief executive Cara Charles-barks said: “This is significan­tly higher than at the peak in the early summer last year.”

According to the latest NHS England data, 11 patients in the RUH were on ventilatio­n, as of January 12. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said hospitals in England had seen an increase of 15,000 inpatients since Christmas Day.

“That’s the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronaviru­s patients and staggering­ly every 30 seconds across England another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronaviru­s,” he added.

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 ?? Pic: Neil Hall/getty ?? More critical care beds for Covid patients will be provided at the RUH
Pic: Neil Hall/getty More critical care beds for Covid patients will be provided at the RUH

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