Covid cases decline slightly at King George and Queen's hospitals

BHRUT hospitals will be increasing critical care capacity to manage the rise in Covid-19 patients. 

The latest figures show Covid cases more than doubled across Queen's Hospital, pictured, and King George Hospital in two weeks. - Credit: Chantelle Billson

Covid-19 cases have declined at King George and Queen's hospitals, the latest figures show.

The case rate had risen sharply during October, but as of Wednesday, November 3, there were 64 confirmed cases at the facilities in Goodmayes and Romford.

The previous Wednesday, October 27, there were 72.

The hospitals are run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT).

The most recent figures show that seven of the Covid-positive patients were being treated in intensive care or with enhanced oxygen due to a severe case of the virus.

Seven Covid-19 patients had been newly diagnosed in the prior 24 hours.

This means there were three less patients in the hospitals’ ICUs than on October 27.

Covid-19 cases have been rising across the UK in recent weeks, with government figures showing an increase from 34,000 new cases a day to a peak of 47,000 a day by October 23.

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The seven day average has since fallen slightly to just over 39,000 new positive cases a day.

BHRUT chief medical officer Magda Smith said: “An increasing number of cases across the country has led to more Covid patients in our hospitals.

“As we approach the winter months, this serves as a reminder of how important it is that everyone, and particularly our more vulnerable residents, has their booster jab and the flu jab.

“This will help provide as much protection as possible to prevent them from becoming seriously ill and needing to be admitted to hospital.”

Since the start of the pandemic last year, 1,718 people have died with Covid in the King George and Queen's hospitals.

In the same period, 5,795 patients with Covid-19 have recovered and been discharged.

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