December 29 of 2020 and the pandemic is at it’s peak all around the globe make millions sick and thousands dead.
Similar to what is current happening in California, the UK situation with hospitals reaching breaking point with record Covid admissions continued to deteriorate the entire medical system, with ambulances queuing and many intensive care units operating well over their capacity.
With beds, staff and equipment all running low, consultant anaesthetist Dr Claudia Paoloni warned the situation was just days away from reaching the point where care would be rationed.
She added that other life determining choices will also have to be made, including which patients to admit to intensive care and how long to continue treatments on patients who appear to be making no progress, if for example a patient with better chances of survival needs the haemodialysis machine they are using.
Leaked figures revealed that England’s critical care capacity is now running at over 100 per cent at a number of hospitals across London, the south east, and east, the Health Service Journal reports.
It is not known when patients will be transferred out of the capital, or if Yorkshire’s hospitals will agree to take them. NHS critical care patients are rarely transferred such long distances. Struggling for room to treat adult patients, both Covid and non-Covid, the Royal Free Hospital in north west London will relocate it’s children’s inpatient facilities to another hospital.
A total of 20,426 beds were occupied by patients who had tested positive for coronavirus as of 8am on Monday, up from 18,974 on April 12. More than half of England’s 130 major trusts are already more than 90 per cent full and some are seeing Covid admissions double every week, which leaves hospitals little breathing room with the worst of winter ahead of them.