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Nightingale Hospitals on standby as there are more patients now than before lockdown

12th Oct 20 11:54 am

A senior government medical advisor said on Monday during a press conference at Downing Street that the Nightingale Hospitals are now on standby in the worst affected regions.

England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said during the press conference that there are more people in hospital now that before the UK went into a national lockdown in March.

In a grim warning Van-Tam said that there has been a “marked pick-up” in coronavirus cases which will lead to more deaths.

Professor Powis, NHSE medical director said during the press conference that nightingale hospitals have now being mobilised.

He said, “We are now having to make greater use of our third line of defence, hospital care.”

Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate have now been mobilised to take in new patients.

Professor Powis added, “They are being asked to mobilise over the next few weeks to be ready to accept patients if necessary.”

All NHS staff will now be receiving more tests even if they do not show any symptoms.

“This will help us keep staff and patients in those hospitals as safe as possible,” he said.

Dr Jane Eddleston who is the medical lead at Greater Manchester also told the Downing Street press conference, that “30% of the areas critical care beds” are now taken up with coronavirus putting “pressure on services.”

Oxford University Professor Peter Horby said on Sunday that the UK is now in a “precarious position” as there are more people in hospital for coronavirus now, than when the UK went into its first lockdown in March.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a major announcement on Monday, and it is expected that he will announce stricter measures across parts of England.

It is expected that Liverpool city region will enter into a “tier 3” lockdown, city leaders have been told that this could last for up to six months, according to Sky News.

Restaurants, schools and universities will remain open, but all pubs, bars, gyms, casino’s and betting shops are expected to be closed under the new “rule of 3” lockdown measures.

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