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HSE preparing for influx of Covid patients while warning up to 2,000 could be hospitalised

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned that up to 2,000 people could be hospitalised with Covid-19 as it prepares for an influx of patients.

Currently, there are 513 patients being treated for Covid-19 in hospital with 97 in ICU.

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With Covid figures surging across the country combined with over 1,800 healthcare staff out of work due to Covid-19-related sick leave, the hospital system is being placed under increasing pressure.

Director of acute hospitals at the HSE Liam Woods expects to see an increase in the number of people attending hospital with Covid-19 while saying that the hospital system is preparing for a worst-case scenario of 2,000 people with over 200 in ICU.

Although hoping that numbers will not reach levels that high, Woods said that the service needs to prepare for every potential outcome.

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Woods stated, “The numbers of cases in the community will suggest that within hospitals it will go further because we’re aware of this staging dynamic, there is a lag effect between the community incidence of what’s going on in our hospitals.”

During a Cabinet sub-committee yesterday, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly outlined that ICU numbers have increased by 22% in the past week while hospital numbers have risen by 41% in the past two weeks.

Woods stated that elective procedures will most likely be cancelled in the coming weeks but some may be allowed to go ahead.

Additionally, he urged anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as it reduces the impact of the disease as well as the impact on the health service.

“We are very alert to the fact that we still have significant admissions to hospitals of people who are not vaccinated.”

IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddubli/”Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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