New data maps show that some hospitals in Greater Manchester are hardest hit by Covid hospitalizations.
Hospitals in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Care Alliance have seen the number of Covid hospitalizations rise, according to figures from NHS England, the UK Health Security Agency and the Office of National Statistics.
The two hospital trusts operate the Royal Bolton Hospital and Salford Royal, Fairfield General, the Royal Oldham and Rochdale Infirmary respectively.
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Covid access rates to the trusts have skyrocketed, some of the latest available data says, covering the week to December 30.
In data maps created by statistics visualizer Colin Angus, the two organizations are far ahead of other trusts in England, with the only hospital trust being Southport and Ormskirk Hospital.
The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has seen an average of three new admissions per day, per 100,000 people, over the time frame of the data.
The Northern Care Alliance, which has four hospitals under its jurisdiction, has seen an average of more than four new admissions per day per 100,000 people.
For both trusts, this represents an increase in the admission rate of more than two cases per 100,000 from the previous week.
In a series of tweets, University of Sheffield researcher Mr Angus said: “Good news for London hospitals here in terms of the number of COVID admissions, but things look a lot less happy in the Midlands and Northern England , particularly Bolton/Salford.”
Another graph from the researcher shows that the highest levels of daily Covid hospital admissions are in Greater Manchester.
“Here are the most recent admissions figures on a map, showing how much the epicenter of hospital activity is currently in the northwest of the country,” he added.
For the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the total number of patients admitted in the last 24 hours who were known to have Covid-19, plus patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, reached 30 Dec 44. figure marked a peak over the past few weeks.
On the same date in November, the confidence total stood at just nine, remaining relatively stable until December 27, when it rose to 17, then 33, and 28 over the next two days.
The number of patients admitted and diagnosed in hospital fell slightly to 16 on New Year’s Eve but rose to 36 on New Year’s Day, before falling back to 25 from 2 January, the latest available NHS England statistics.
The rolling sum of new Covid-19 recordings for the trust now stands at 199, as of January 2 – making it the highest since the data record began in March 2020.
Within the Northern Care Alliance (NCA), the total number of patients admitted in the past 24 hours who were known to have Covid-19, plus patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in hospital in the past 24 hours, reached its last peak of 48 on Dec. 28.
A month earlier, the number was nine patients and on December 20 it started to rise to 24. After Christmas, the number has remained consistently high: on December 30 and 31, 37 patients were admitted or diagnosed in hospital, 46 on January 1, and 31 on January 2nd.
The rolling sum of new Covid-19 admissions in NCA hospitals now stands at 278 on Jan. 2, nearly the highest since the data record began in March 2020, according to government data.
Weekly hospital admissions for coronavirus have “more than doubled” in the wider region in two weeks, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham told a news conference this week.
Those diagnosed with the virus while in hospital also “doubled within the week,” he added.
Not only is the number of admissions in the area on the rise, the number of NHS staff out of work due to Covid – either testing positive or having to isolate – has risen rapidly to 15 per cent, according to the latest figures shared on Wednesday.
The number of weekly hospital admissions for Covid-19 has increased from 130 as of December 20 to 392 as of January 3.
Weekly clinical diagnoses – those who tested positive for Covid-19 after admission – rose from 196 on December 20 to 778 on January 3.
And the number of hospital beds, excluding intensive therapy and high-dependency beds, with Covid-19 patients rose from 349 on December 20 to 1,020 on January 3.
The latest updates come as health chiefs announced this week that 17 hospitals in Greater Manchester have been forced to cancel non-emergency surgeries and appointments due to the Omicron crisis.
According to the mayor, only 90 percent of all beds in the region are full.
The infection rate in Greater Manchester is now at 2,288.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – slightly higher than the national average of 1,824.1 cases per 100,000.
In the week ending January 3, a total of 64,898 people tested positive for coronavirus in the city region.
This is an increase of 16,112 cases compared to the previous week – a 33 percent increase.
Sarah Price, interim chief officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We expect January to be one of the toughest the NHS and social care have seen to date.
“The high demand for care, the rising number of Covid-19 hospitalizations and the high levels of illness among staff have created a perfect storm. The situation is challenging and is likely to get worse in the coming days, although we know that the staff here, as always, are doing everything they can to respond to the current crisis; and we must support them in doing so.
“We ask the public to please play their part in helping to ease the pressure on Greater Manchester’s services by protecting themselves from Covid-19 with the first, second and booster vaccines – which are the best defense against becoming seriously ill from the virus.
“We know that when you or a loved one is not feeling well, it’s not always easy to know where to get help. If you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency, use NHS 111.
“If you have internet access and are confident visit 111.nhs.uk, otherwise call the service toll free on 111 and a trained advisor will assist you.”
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