Major incident declared at hospital with 38 Covid patients on ventilators and only seven machines left

A MAJOR incident has been declared at a hospital in Stoke after a swell in coronavirus patients left just seven ventilators.

The critical care unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital increased its alert level as 38 of its 322 Covid patients are on the machines.

There are just seven ventilators left – meaning a deal has been struck with NHS trusts in Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire to transfer some of their critically-ill patients.

The arrangement will remain in place until midday on Tuesday and is reviewed daily.

Royal Stoke chief executive Tracy Bullock apologised to families and patients affected.

She said: "We have been experiencing significant pressure across all areas of both hospitals, and particularly within the critical care service at the Royal Stoke.

“We have put in place a range of measures to ensure NHS resources are directed where they are needed during the Covid-19 pandemic and to make sure that both hospitals, staff and patients remain safe and care is prioritised to protect staff, patients and our services.

“The decision to transfer patients out of our hospital is not something we take lightly and we would like to apologise to our patients and families who are affected by this. Given the reduction in the community infection rate of Covid-19 across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we are hoping this position will be resolved quickly.

“We would encourage all our communities to keep up the good progress we have made to reduce the infection rate and remember hands, face, space.”

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