• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

London Covid: Parts of UK call on Army for Omicron help as London cases show signs of leveling off

The military is being called in to help hospitals in parts of the UK as the number of Omicron cases appears to be leveling off in London.

Institutions in Greater Manchester have asked for help as they prepare for a spike in cases.

Although the number of cases appears to be stabilizing in the capital, demand on hospitals has exceeded last year’s peak and continues to rise, Mirror reports.

According to the latest data, 335 people are admitted to hospital per day in London, 228 of whom currently require ventilation beds.

Hospitals across the country fear they will be overwhelmed

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The last full week of data (ending January 6) shows 151 people have died from Covid in London hospitals.

NHS bosses are now in talks with the military about assisting with ancillary support such as doorman work, administration and cleaning as staff in these areas are hit by a heavy absence alongside of their medical colleagues.

Soldiers may also be asked to provide basic care such as hydration and nutrition for those in “super surge” beds – those open in parts of hospitals that are not generally used as wards, but adapted into mini nightingale-style installations.

The Royal Oldham, which serves one of the poorest populations in the country, is said to be in particular difficulty, as it has done in previous waves of the pandemic.

The pressure is mostly on beds outside of intensive care, unlike in previous waves, but the scale of the demand – which means general beds are over 90 pc full – has already seen elective surgeries. canceled almost everywhere here, in order to free up staff.

That work is expected to remain on hold for another fortnight and managers admit hospitals may still have to declare a ‘black alert’, known in the NHS as the OPEL 4 escalation.

Chris Brookes, Greater Manchester Acute Manager and A&E Consultant at Salford Royal, says the system has held up well so far, but although January is still extremely difficult, “it would be wrong to say it’s not pressure more intense, because it is’.

“The word I would use is uncomfortable. When the bed occupancy rate is between 90 and 90%, it is an uncomfortable place. “

It comes as the number of reported Covid deaths in the UK in the past 24 hours has climbed to 398, setting a new highest total during the Omicron wave.

The latest government figures show the death toll has risen by 19 since yesterday.

The number of cases has increased by 129,587 cases in the past 24 hours, a decrease of 33.4% from a week ago.

As of Wednesday, the UK recorded 194,747 cases.

The latest figures come as a primary care doctor says it seems “increasingly likely” the country will be able to use the Omicron variant.

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