This week our hospitals have seen the numbers of new Covid-19 admissions decrease. However, the number of patients in our hospitals is still high and while new admissions to our hospital are decreasing, the severity of the illness with those that are coming into hospital is very high.
The number one way that people can help to lower this number is to follow the national lockdown rules which came into force on 5th November – stay at home if you can, do not mix households and follow hands/face/space.
We know that new Covid-19 infections have a lag of two weeks before people might need hospital treatment so the next week will be critical in understanding whether the national lockdown is having a positive effect on our hospitals.
Dr Andy Haynes, Executive Lead, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System, said: “While the number of new admissions to our hospitals is decreasing, it is clear that the severity of the illness with those that are coming into our hospitals is high. The numbers are still much higher than we experienced at the peak of the first wave and we continue to see a considerable amount of deaths due to Covid-19. The next week will be critical in determining whether the public’s actions to minimise contact and reduce the infection rates are having an impact on the healthcare system.
“We have been planning for a potential Covid-19 vaccine for several months now and as those plans continue to be refined, and as we wait for a confirmed vaccine, it’s really important that everyone continues to stick to the rules as they are the only way to keep us all safe.
“As we prepare for the biggest vaccination programme ever seen, a number of new roles have been created to help support the NHS over the coming months. The role involves supporting health workers across the county to set up vaccination stations, help administer vaccines, support with disposing of clinical waste and change of PPE, while following infection control practices in place.”
The NHS is here for you and so if you are concerned about a new lump or mole or have any other health issues then please get in touch with your GP or in an emergency call 999. If you are unsure which service you need, call 111 or go to 111 Online who will advise you on the best service for your needs.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste, then get a test by calling 119 or go online to https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
The best way that we can all help with the situation is by following the national lockdown restrictions but remember that healthcare is a specific exemption – so if you are ill please get in touch like you would usually and stick to your appointments unless you hear otherwise.