COVID-19: Two Merseyside NHS hospitals in top ten for highest proportion of the sickest patients

Data from the UK government Coronavirus Dashboard shows how many patients are on ventilators in the region’s hospitals.

Two Merseyside NHS Trusts are in the top ten for the highest percentage of coronavirus patients on ventilators, analysis has revealed.

Data from the UK government Coronavirus Dashboard has shown that some NHS Trusts in England have a higher proportion of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators than others.

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Between 22 September and 28 September Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had a daily average of three COVID-19 patients in hospital and one in a mechanical ventilator bed, meaning an average of 36% of patients were on ventilators.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust had a daily average of 16 COVID-19 patients in hospital and five in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 31% of patients were on ventilators.

The top ten NHS Trusts in England with the highest percentage of COVID-19 patients in mechanical ventilation beds.

1. Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Papworth hospital had a daily average of nine coronavirus patients in hospital and seven in mechanical ventilator beds at any one time – meaning an average of 83% of patients were on ventilators.

2. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital foundation trust had a daily average of 69 coronavirus patients in hospital and 35 in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 51% of patients were on ventilators.

3. Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had a daily average of 6.3 coronavirus patients in hospital and 2.7 in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 43% of patients were on ventilators.

4. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had a daily average of 22 coronavirus patients in hospital and nine in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 40% of patients were on ventilators.

5. Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital had a daily average of three coronavirus patients in hospital and one in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 36% of patients were on ventilators.

6. Wye Valley NHS Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust had a daily average of 13 coronavirus patients in hospital and four in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 33% of patients were on ventilators.

7. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust had a daily average of 16 coronavirus patients in hospital and five in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 31% of patients were on ventilators.

8. Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had a daily average of 13 coronavirus patients in hospital and four in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 30% of patients were on ventilators.

9. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust had a daily average of 6.4 coronavirus patients in hospital and 1.9 in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 29% of patients were on ventilators.

10. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

This Trust had a daily average of 67 coronavirus patients in hospital and 18 in mechanical ventilator beds, meaning an average of 28% of patients were on ventilators.

Further analysis by LiverpoolWorld’s sister title NationalWorld, also revealed that there were more than three times as many people in the North East of England on ventilators than in the South East between 25 September to 1 October.

Vaccination rates

Vaccination data also shows that the South East had the highest vaccination uptake as of 2 October, with 94.3% having received their first jab and 88.2 % receiving both doses.

London has the lowest uptake, with 82.3% having received the first jab and 74.8% having received both COVID-19 vaccination doses.

The North East had the second lowest vaccination uptake, with 83.4% vaccinated with a first dose and 77.5% having received both jabs.

Martin Michaelis, Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Kent, said: “It is no surprise that more people are suffering from severe COVID-19 in areas where the vaccination rates are low.”

He noted that “although the COVID-19 vaccines are not perfect, they protect most individuals very efficiently from life-threatening COVID-19”.

Professor Michaelis also explained that similar patterns between coronavirus hospitalisations and vaccine uptake can be seen in the United States, where there “is basically an inverse correlation between vaccination rates in a region and the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations”.

“Without COVID-19 vaccinations, our healthcare system would have collapsed, given the continuing high levels of COVID-19 spread,” he added.