Why Coronavirus survival rates are better in Leicester than elsewhere in the country

Outcomes for coronavirus patients who are treated at Leicester's hospitals have been "significantly better" than elsewhere in the country.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) has been ranked in the top three trusts when considering clinical outcomes for coronavirus patients.

Now, national NHS bosses want doctors in Leicester to share their tips with other hospitals.

Speaking at a board meeting yesterday (3rd September), Medical director, Andrew Furlong, said that UHL was one of three trusts nationally where outcomes were “significantly better”.

New data also suggests that patients are not catching coronavirus in Leicester’s hospitals. The claim was made as bosses heard that the number of inpatients with coronavirus in the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospitals continues to remain stable.

Mr Furlong said he believes the trust’s decision to introduce PPE before the Government made it mandatory is a contributing factor as well as its commitment to ensure staff have access to the appropriate protective gear.

He said: “We introduced PPE before the national guidance. PPE protects not only staff but also patients.”

The trust’s acting Chief Executive, Rebecca Brown, said that the number of inpatients who have tested positive for Covid-19 is between 10 and 12 most days - a significant drop from that recorded at the height of the pandemic, when the number of patients with coronavirus in Leicester’s hospitals reached 200 on some days.

Upwards of 55 patients a day were in the hospitals’ intensive care beds when the local spike was in full swing in mid-April.

Coronavirus cases are being monitored at all hospitals, particularly Glenfield Hospital Credit: PA

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 440 patients have died at Leicester’s hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19.

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