Liverpool hospitals heading towards new covid peak as deaths mount – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool’s main hospital trust is heading towards a new peak of covid patients as the number of virus deaths at the city’s hospitals increase.

Pressure is growing on the Liverpool University Hospital Trust as an explosion of virus cases turn into admissions at the Royal Liverpool and Aintree sites.

In the first wave of the pandemic in the Spring, the Trust reached a peak of 390 covid admissions on April 13.

This peak was topped as Liverpool was hit very badly by a second autumn peak, with numbers reaching 475 on October 30.

There is a lag in current admission data, with figures only available up to January 12.

At that point there were 414 covid patients at the trust, more than the first peak.

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The data shows a huge surge from the start of January, when there were just 195 covid patients being looked after in the city’s hospitals.

And while the official data up to January 12 shows 414 covid patients, the ECHO understands this number had grown to around 450 by Friday January 15.

Unfortunately, the trajectory of covid hospital admissions at the trust is still rising sharply and if this continues it is likely that this will reach a new high point of the pandemic soon.

Staff at the trust are desperately trying to create more space and facilities for the large number of patients coming through their doors.

Extra critical care beds and non-critical CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) beds at both Aintree and The Royal Liverpool are said to now be pretty full with patients.

On Saturday night, one nurse working at Aintree hospital said the situation there was the worst they had seen since the start of the pandemic.

The Trust had been offering help and space to other struggling hospitals in the region but has been unable to do this for several days now because of the number of local patients arriving.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has now begun taking in adult covid patients once again in a bid to try to help the struggling hospitals around it.

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Sadly, Liverpool’s main trust is also now seeing rising numbers of covid deaths.

Between December 27 and January 2 the trust recorded 15 virus deaths, with this number more than doubling in the next week (Jan 3 to 9).

The most recent week, from January 10 to 16 shows another jump, with the trust recording 45 covid deaths.

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