UK hospitals are so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients the government is transferring them to hotels
- Hospitals in the UK are so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients that thousands will be sent to stay in hotels, The Guardian reported.
- King's College Hospital in south London has already moved some patients to a nearby hotel, the newspaper reported.
- Thousands more will be transferred under the
NHS"home and hotel" plan to make room for emergency cases in hospitals, The Guardian said.
- Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, told Sky News on Wednesday that "in some cases, people need step-down care, they don't actually need to be in a hospital bed."
- The UK is experiencing its worst moment of the pandemic, with the number of hospitalized patients at its highest point ever.
Hospitals in the UK are so overwhelmed with COVID-19 that the government is starting to discharge patients early and transfer them to hotels, The Guardian reported.
The UK is experiencing its worst moment of the pandemic, with the number of people in the hospital at its highest in the pandemic. More than 35,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to the BBC.National Health Service hospitals and medical professionals are also struggling to cope, particularly in London, where Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" on Sunday.
That plan would see thousands of hospitalized patients discharged early to hotels or back to their own homes, The Guardian reported.King's College Hospital in south London has already started moving some homeless COVID-19 patients to rooms at a hotel operated by the London Hotel Group in nearby Croydon, the newspaper reported.
These patients have recovered or are recovering from COVID-19 and do not need specialist medical attention, a LHG spokesman told the Evening Standard.The London Hotel Group, which manages a collection of hotels across the capital, has already offered to provide the NHS with beds for at least 5,000 patients, the newspaper said. Asked Wednesday about reports of hotels being used to house patients,
"We'd only ever do that if it was clinically the right thing for somebody."
The NHS is also asking care homes to start taking on elderly people who have not recently tested negative for COVID-19, but who have spent two weeks in isolation, The Guardian said.Read more: What's coming next for COVID-19 vaccines? Here's the latest on 11 leading programs.
Hospitals across the UK are close to bursting, and temporary morgues set up during the last peak in April have been reopened.
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Southend Hospital, in southeastern England, has capped the amount of oxygen that can be given to COVID-19 patients given the "critical situation," the BBC said.UK hospitals reported being overburdened during the April surge in cases, but the number of people hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 right now is at least 49% higher than it was in April, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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