Rise in COVID admissions at King George and Queen’s hospitals

The number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 has risen to 70 in the King George and Queen’s hospitals in east London – according to the trust’s website.

The two hospitals saw a rise of 10 patients in wards with coronavirus in a week between August 25 and September 1.

Six COVID patients in the two hospitals are being treated in intensive care or ‘high dependency’ – a rise of one patient in the same period.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s in Romford, also stated on its website that the ‘critical care capacity’ at the hospitals is 98.11 per cent, a rise of 2.3 per cent in a week.

Staff absences at the two hospitals dropped over the course of the week, however, and now stands at 267 (3.58 per cent of staff) – down from 308 (4.12 per cent).

In total, 1657 patients at King George and Queen’s hospitals with coronavirus died within 28 days of a positive test since the start of the pandemic – there were six COVID deaths between August 25 and September 1.

Meanwhile, 5412 coronavirus patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospitals since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

56 patients with COVID-19 were discharged over the past week.

Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter