Number of Doncaster Covid patients nears 100 as second wave admissions rocket
The number of coronavirus patients in Doncaster’s hospitals is nearing 100, as bosses say patients are being admitted at a faster rate than during the first wave of the pandemic.
Bosses at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust say they are now caring for 90 patients in total – up from just three a month ago.
The number of positive cases and deaths is also sadly continuing to rise at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Worksop’s Bassetlaw Hospital and Mexborough's Montagu Hospital.
In the Trust's daily update, a spokesman said: “Today we have admitted another 14 patients who have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing our overall number to 90 – that's 72 at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, five at Bassetlaw Hospital and 13 at Montagu Hospital.
"Similarly to yesterday, seven patients require intensive care and we wish them the very best in their recovery.
“For context, on 16 September we were marking a rise from three patients to eight. In the past month, we have seen a significant increase, the rate of which has been faster than during the first-wave of Covid-19.
“In slightly more positive news, we have safely discharged one person today, while seven patients have recovered from Covid-19 and are no longer testing positive for it, although still require hospital care. We hope they will be home safe soon.
“Today, we have taken this extremely difficult decision to suspend visiting to our hospitals, with some small exceptions. We understand that friends and family will want to see their loved ones during their hospital stay, and we will continue to support virtual visiting and other alternative arrangements.”
Patients who have a clinical appointment, unless instructed otherwise, should still attend.
The statement added: “Colleagues are working hard to ensure the site is safe.
“Can we also once again remind our communities to only use the Emergency Department when it's just that - an emergency - and to make use of alternative services wherever possible and appropriate.
“As we head into winter, the next few weeks will be crucial, so please continue adhere to all relevant guidance, protect the vulnerable amongst us and help us flatten the curve - and remember, sunshine follows thunder - enjoy your weekend, rest and recharge.”