Leicester Hospital: Adult Covid patients take over Children's ICU

The children’s Intensive Care Unit at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital has been taken over to treat adults who are seriously-ill with coronavirus.

Health bosses have confirmed they’ve taken the ‘difficult decision' to move Children's intensive care activity to Birmingham so that beds are available to help deal with rising Covid patients in Leicester.

Latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show that there are now 365 coronavirus patients being treated at Leicester’s hospitals.

That is the highest number at any point during the pandemic.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust undertook a similar move between March and May to deal with Covid-19 pressure during the first wave of the pandemic.

Mr Furlong said: “This time, we have the benefit of the learnings from the first wave which will inform how we manage this renewed period of pressure and best support our staff and families. As soon as it is once again safe to bring the service back we will do so.

Today's news comes as hospitals across the Midlands have closed down wards in order to make space for growing numbers of Covid patients:

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