Nottingham hospitals postpone some non-urgent surgeries due to 'dramatic rise' in Covid patients

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Hospitals in Nottingham have postponed some of their non-urgent surgeries due to a "dramatic increase" in Covid-19 admissions, the local NHS trust has confirmed.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s chief executive Tracy Taylor said the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) has exceeded 200 patients with Covid over the past few days – with numbers "increasing by nearly another full ward of people" every day.

It comes as the city has entered into discussions with the government over possible Tier 3 restrictions after the surge in coronavirus hospital patients.

In a statement, she said: "We have made the difficult decision to postpone some of our non-urgent surgery and appointments until November 6 following a dramatic increase in the number of patients with Covid-19 in our hospital.

"Over the last few days we have exceeded 200 patients with the virus in the hospital, and every day this is increasing by nearly another full ward of people."

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Ms Taylor said: "Some of these patients, 16 at the time of writing, are sadly very unwell and receiving treatment by our critical care staff. Some more have also died with the virus in the last few days."

She continued: "This surge is now at levels similar to April and is combining with our normal winter emergency pressures.

"Unfortunately this means that we’ve had to make this difficult decision to pause some of the treatment we offer.

"This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we need to ensure we have the beds and staff available to care for those in urgent need during this surge of Covid-19.

"I am so sorry that we have had to make this decision but it is necessary to ensure we can continue to keep everyone in the hospital safe while we deal with this virus."

Ms Taylor said people in need of emergency care should still attend the A&E department.

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Meanwhile, Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, confirmed he had received an invite to meet with a government minister on Thursday afternoon alongside county council leader Kay Cutts.

The prime minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing that talks with the region have been "ongoing for a little while", before adding: "There are talks taking place with West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire today."

Nottingham’s coronavirus case numbers have started to decline in recent days – as 610.1 cases per 100,000 people were reported in the week to October 18.

This is in contrast to 926.7 cases per 100,000 people in the previous week.