A hospital has said the number of coronavirus patients they are treating is ‘far beyond’ what it was during the first wave, after it saw its largest daily rises ever, as another hospital expressed its worries over its large number of inpatients at one time.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said today that they had 96 coronavirus inpatients that day, 18 more inpatients at one time than they had earlier this year.

On the same day Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (DBTH), which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), said they are now caring for 201 coronavirus patients.

Areas in the South Yorkshire region, including Doncaster and Rotherham, were put went into tier three last week as their cases continued to rise.

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The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘As of 8am this morning (Monday), we had 96 patients in Rotherham Hospital who have tested positive for Covid-19, of these six were in critical care. 

‘During the initial peak, the highest number of Covid-positive inpatients at any one time was 78.’

Similarly DBTH said in a statement on Monday: ‘In the past 24 hours, we have admitted a number of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 and, as a result, we are now caring for 201 such individuals – far beyond the first wave earlier this year.’

Eight of the 201 require critical care, three are on mechanical ventilation, 20 require non-invasive ventilation and 11 need oxygen. 

‘Please note, contrary to some claims on social media, this does not mean the other 150 or so patients do not require high levels of hospital care, it simply means they just do not need these specific interventions and treatments,’ the Trust said.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported a 42% increase in coronavirus patients admitted or newly diagnosed in North East and Yorkshire hospitals. A worrying 12.2% of acute and general beds in South Yorkshire are occupied by people with the virus, which is 2.2% higher than it was a month before. 

In the week up until October 23, 1,692 patients were admitted to newly diagnosed in the North East and Yorkshire region, which is a 42% increase from the previous week. Comparatively the North West went up 17% with 1,789 patients. 

This is the highest occupancy rate in England, behind Lancashire and South Cumbria (16.8%) and Cheshire and Merseyside (15.4%). 

DBTH said: ‘Our health heroes within Team DBTH are doing a job which is beyond any kind words and superlatives we can muster. We are in awe of them every day, so please continue to share your support with these brave men and women, without whom we would be lost.’

Hull University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, said the number of patients testing positive for the virus is about double what it was last week.

Three new wards have been built at the back of Hull Royal Infirmary to start assessing patients with suspected coronavirus. 

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The trust’s chief medical officer Dr Makani Purva said: ‘During the first wave, we had to cancel thousands of appointments and routine surgery. This time round, we will endeavour to protect and continue as many services as possible.

‘We know too many people are having to wait far too long for treatment because of the unprecedented pressures on the NHS this year and we would like to thank every one of those people for their patience and understanding.

‘We will do everything in our power to see as many patients as we can despite any additional pressures we are facing.’

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