England to open Covid ‘surge hubs’ amid Omicron wave — Analysis
NHS England has announced that eight temporary ‘Nightingale’ hospitals will begin housing patients to cope with spiking Omicron cases
England’s medical service is opening temporary Covid “surge hubs” in a bid to provide extra hospital beds for infected individuals after the NHS’ medical director warned doctors are on a “war footing.”
NHS England announced that eight new locations would be established, each with 100 beds. They will launch later in the week. In addition to the eight new locations, the NHS England will also explore potential areas for 4,000 more. “super surge”There are many beds available, including schools and gyms.
Following a record-breaking 183,037 Covid infection days on Wednesday in Britain, the plan is to address an increase in hospital admissions. Covid-related hospitalizations have increased to more than 10,000 in England since March.
“Given the high level of Covid-19 infections and increasing hospital admissions, the NHS is now on a war footing,”Stephen Powis is the NHS’ national medical director.
GGiven the sheer number of infections, it is imperative that we take action immediately.
Following a warning by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), concern about how the NHS can handle hospital admissions has been raised. The agency warned that there could be a shortage of PCR and lateral flow tests. Because of “exceptionally high demand,”People reported that they were unable to book Covid testing in multiple areas on Wednesday.
The lack of testing has increased fears about the risk of New Year’s Eve celebrations going ahead, as an immunologist at Imperial College warned the situation has created “absolutely perfect”Covid will spread quickly if conditions are right
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