NHS bosses told to consider scenario where covid occupies 35pc of beds

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  • Health systems told to explain how they would cope with varying levels of demand from coronavirus over winter
  • Asked to consider three scenarios, in which the proportion of beds occupied by covid patients in one scenario is 35 per cent
  • NHS England stresses these are not planning scenarios

Health systems have been told to explain how they would cope with varying levels of demand from coronavirus over winter, including a scenario in which 35 per cent of hospital beds were occupied by covid patients.

In a letter to local leaders today, NHS England says: “We are now seeing an increase in the number of daily confirmed covid cases in the community and hospitals are reporting an increase in admissions with covid.”

It asks leaders to set out their “system-level surge/escalation approach” that would be deployed in the event of a “more intense peak of covid demand”, and to show how an increase in covid demand would impact the restoration of non-covid services.

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Source: HSJ

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Date: 25 September 2020