UK hospitals told ‘clear beds’ for second coronavirus spike ‘within two weeks’
Coronavirus hospital admissions are expected to rise “within two weeks” and the NHS has been urged to “find extra beds”, the Telegraph reports
Hospitals have been told to “find extra beds” for coronavirus patients as the NHS braces for a second wave “within two weeks,” the Telegraph reports.
As the second wave looms, councils and local hospitals have reportedly been told to find spare beds for a suspected influx of coronavirus patients.
According to The Telegraph, medics have been ordered to set up isolation wards for recovering coronavirus patients to free up space for those most in need of care.
An MP reportedly told the publication at the start of lockdown people were sent to care homes with “dire consequences” so “they’ve booked places in respite care” to recover.
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The MP said: “The rate of infection is going up, and I was told hospitals have reserved beds for people coming out of hospital who need somewhere to recover.
“At the start of lockdown they were having to send people back to care homes or back to other facilities, with dire consequences, so they’ve booked places in respite care or empty care homes.
A former minister also reportedly told The Telegraph “effort is being made to step up capacity” so the NHS “doesn’t fall behind.”
They said: “The effort is being made to step up capacity so that if there is a second spike the NHS doesn’t fall so far behind with other types of care.
“Different parts of London are looking at different ways to handle that, but everyone has learnt that terrible lesson that you cannot discharge people into care homes if there is any danger whatsoever that they might be Covid positive, so there is a big effort to find extra beds.
“Brent rented an entire care home and they discharged their people into another care home. I think other places will be doing that as part of their efforts to get ready for a second spike.”
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Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, is also reportedly planning to adopt a national “traffic light” system for putting regions into lockdown.
It comes as the UK has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases over the last two weeks, forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reinstate lockdown measures.
Mr Johnson said areas with infection rates at the lowest level will be subject to national restrictions such as the Rule of Six – a rule allowing Brits to socialise in groups no bigger than 6 – whereas other areas would be subject to more stringent measures.
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