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'Dramatic rise' in COVID-19 hospital admissions in Nottingham

'Dramatic rise' in COVID-19 hospital admissions in Nottingham

Some hospitals in Nottingham have postponed a number of non-urgent surgeries due to a 'dramatic rise' in COVID-19 related admissions.

A number of areas in Nottingham are among the worst in the country for the number of COVID cases recorded in recent weeks. In particular, areas containing Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University were 2nd and 3rd worst respectively in England for the number of new COVID-19 cases in the latest 7 day period up to 16 October, despite recording significant falls in the number of new cases compared to the previous week.  

Nottingham's Coronavirus case numbers have been falling more generally over recent weeks. In the week to October 18, 610.1 cases were reported per 100,000 people, compared to 926.7 cases per 100,000 people in the previous week.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s chief executive Tracy Taylor has though said in a statement that some non-urgent surgery and appointments at the Queen's Medical Centre will be postponed;

"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."

The rise in cases has been described as "levels similar to April", near the start of the UK's Coronavirus lockdown,

It comes as talks have been taking place to decide whether Nottingham and the wider Nottinghamshire region should move into Tier 3 of England's local lockdown system and such a move to the highest tier is expected to be announced in the coming days.

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