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Revealed: The 18 NHS Trusts With More Covid Patients In Hospital Than The First Wave

Hospital bed occupancy rates are now two thirds of what they were during the April coronavirus peak.

 14/11/2020 08:29 GMT | Updated 9 hours ago



Eighteen NHS trusts now have more people in hospital with Covid-19 than they did at any point in the first wave of the pandemic, new data reveal.

Of these, six are in Yorkshire and six are in the North West of England, according to the latest figures published by NHS England, which provides figures on hospital bed occupancy up to November 5. 


Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is currently treating the most Covid patients in England, with 413 beds occupied by patients with the virus. 

This exceeds the 390 beds occupied by Covid-19 patients on April 13, until now the busiest point for the trust since the start of the pandemic. 

While other hospital trusts haven’t yet seen the same numbers as in Liverpool, 17 other trusts – as the following graph shows – also now have more Covid-19 patients than they did at any point in the first wave. 


The full list of NHS trusts where this applies is as follows: 

  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust 
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Equivalent statistics published on October 14, showed that at that point in the second wave no NHS trust in England had more bed occupied by patients with Covid-19 than they did in the first wave. 

In total, 4,313 beds were occupied by patients with Covid-19 in England on October 14. By November 5  that figure had risen to 11,122, a 160% increase in a matter of weeks. 

Despite the sharp rise, the number of beds occupied by patients with Covid-19 across England remains below peak occupancy during April, when 18,970 beds were occupied.

This is largely due to low occupancy rates in hospitals in the south of the country, especially in London, which experienced some of the highest numbers of Covid-19 patients during the first wave of the pandemic.

For example, at its peak London North West University Trust had 456 beds occupied by patients with Covid-19. On November 5 it had just 71. 

BCU CORONAVIRUS DATA TEAM FOR HUFFPOSTTwelve hospital trusts in the North West and Yorkshire currently have more beds occupied by Covid-19 patients that at their peak during the first wave.

Dr Kit Yates, Independent Sage member and a senior lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath, told HuffPost UK: “It doesn’t surprise me that a lot of them [hospital trustshttps://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/england-lockdown-sage-paper_uk_5fae9672c5b6dd8959797b97” style=”list-style: none; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration-line: none; box-shadow: rgb(13, 190, 152) 0px -2px 0px inset; transition: box-shadow 0.3s ease-out 0s, background-color 0.3s ease-out 0s;” data-rapid-elm=”context_link” data-ylk=”elm:context_link;itc:0″ data-rapid-sec=”{“entry-text”:”entry-text”}” data-rapid-itc=”0″ data-rapid_p=”5″ data-v9y=”1″>the day before lockdown began.

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