A hospital has said that it may be forced to remove critical care as it became overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients.
Darent Valley Hospital, near Dartford in Kent, declared itself at critical 4 alert level, meaning patients could be denied life-saving care due to resource limitation.
The Health Service Journal reported that the incredibly rare alert levels were defined and that resources were crushed and that there was the chance of triage by resource, non-clinical refusal or withdrawal of critical care due to resource limitation.
The Health Service Journal also said that 173 per cent of the hospital’s critical care beds were in service this, operating overwhelmingly overcapacity.
The unit’s beds have also been in continuous use since January 1.
The Kent hospital has already been working way past its limit, with home births last week suspended as ambulance units were too busy to guarantee timely emergency transfers it needed.
An incredible ten other hospitals on the southeast are just one critical level below Darent Valley, which suggests they’re at full stretch.
It comes as NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens said there are now 50 per cent more inpatient coronavirus patients than at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic.
Speaking at a press conference alongside the Prime Minister, Sir Simon said that at the moment the amount of patients they have is the equivalent of filling 20 acute hospitals with additional patients.
And he added that numerous people had caught the virus between Christmas and New Year, warning that the pressures are real and increasing.
For weeks now, medics, especially in the southeast have been warning that hospitals are at breaking point as wards become swamped with coronavirus patients.
Over the weekend, a media outlet disclosed that critically ill coronavirus patients will be transferred from London and the South East to West County as wards continue to be swamped during the second wave.
The move was sparked following a spate of warnings from concerned doctors that some NHS hospitals can’t cope due to the new mutant strain, and on Monday, the nation was plunged into a new national lockdown and moved to alert level five as Boris Johnson warned the NHS could be swamped in just 21 days.
Alert level five means there’s a material threat of hospitals becoming swamped, and transmission is high and increasing which could eventually incapacitate healthcare services.
Loads of Nightingale hospitals were built for COVID patients, but are they being used? And who’s going to staff these Nightingale hospitals because our regular hospitals are understaffed as it is?
And it appears that they were pretty much a PR stunt, and the Department of Health would have known that they didn’t have the entourage to use them properly and at this stage, we would need a magic wand to conjure up experienced ICU nurses and doctors.
So, why can’t the army forces staff them? They would respond that they’re not trained, well, if that’s the case, then how on earth can they give vaccines to people if they’re not trained?
And it seems that now COVID is more important than any other illness. Lord, help the poor person that has a heart attack. “Sorry, I can see you’re having a heart attack, but that lady over there has a cough and we believe it’s COVID, perhaps even super COVID”.
I have the greatest regard for everyone on the frontline, but building hospitals specifically for it without investigating whether they have enough staff just doesn’t add up, but this does sum our Government up.
During wartime anyone with experience was called up to assist in any way possible, this is how things get done, but it appears that these days, people are too self-absorbed and precious to even consider it – you only have to see how adults have behaved in the 2020 grocery panic to see that.