London coronavirus crisis: Hospitals facing 'continuous tsunami' of patients - NHS warning

Henrietta Strickland
March 27, 2020

According to a report from the Guardian, nurses will be transferred to London from other parts of England under NHS plans to help hospitals in the capital facing a tsunami of Covid-19 patients within days.

The government is to open a temporary 4 000-bed hospital at an exhibition centre in London next week to treat COVID-19 patients. The words that are used to me are that it's a continuous tsunami.

Chris Hopson told BBC radio that hospital bosses said there had been "wave after wave after wave" of admissions of seriously ill patients, with numbers predicted to surge further in the next two weeks.

Johnson on Monday imposed a shut-down of non-essential shops and services, and banned gatherings of more than two people to cut close-contact transmission of the virus. Johnson's spokesman said they were expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months.

Total coronavirus cases in the UK. Local media has additionally claimed that nearly 10 similar facilities could be set up around the country in order to deal with coronavirus patients.

London has found itself at the epicentre of the country's epidemic as controversy rages over the adequacy of protective measures.

In an email to staff, the inventor said his company designed the "CoVent" at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and promised to donate 5,000 to the global relief effort.

But despite urging people to stay at home, London Underground trains and platforms have been packed with people unable to work remotely, particularly non-contract construction workers.

"Since coronavirus struck the hospital where I work in the south of England, chaos has descended", an anonymous NHS doctor wrote in the Daily Mail. According to reports, the NHS does not have enough "bed space" for the patients and they are now on the verge of collapsing due to the huge number of COVID-19 patients. "Otherwise we are lambs to the slaughter".

Adding to the pressure British hospitals are under is the fact that between 30 and 50 percent of staff in some NHS trusts were off sick with either suspected Covid-19 or because they are in an at-risk group for contracting the illness.

According to the latest figures, 463 people have died from the virus and more than 9,500 people have been infected, with London accounting for about one-third of all cases.The chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents the heads of hospital trusts in the state-run National Health Service, said there had been an "explosion of demand" in the capital.

In an email to staff, the inventor said his company designed the "CoVent" at Johnson's request, and promised to donate 5 000 to the global relief effort. The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS.

"We have received an initial order of 10 000 units from the United Kingdom government", he said.

The company is now waiting for the design to receive regulatory approval so manufacturing can commence.

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