Covid-19 admissions rapidly increase at Great Western Hospital

By Jessica Durston - 13 September 2021

CommunityHealth

Swindon Borough Council have released updates on covid-19 admissions and rates within Swindon.

The council says that in Swindon, and across the country, the pandemic has created backlogs of patients waiting for routine operations and treatment.

The Government has said it expects waiting lists to get worse before they get better as people come forward for help.

The Great Western Hospital (GWH) has recently seen a rapid increase in covid-19 admissions. As of 10 September, it was said to be treating 48 patients with suspected and confirmed covid-19 - which is around a 50% increase from the week before.

Five of these patients are currently in intensive care including some in their 20s and 30s.

The council said many of these patients have not received either dose of the covid-19 vaccine. The GWH is said to be treating far more people under the age of 55 than during the first wave of the pandemic and 85% of patients in this age group are not vaccinated.

Swindon Borough Council wishes to remind members of the public that covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. It says research has shown the vaccines help to:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

The latest estimates from the Gov Uk site indicate that the vaccination programme has prevented around 143,000 hospitalisations, 24 million infections and 116,000 deaths across England.

Booking or managing a covid-19 vaccination can be done via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.

From 31 August to 6 September, the council found there were 1073 new covid-19 cases in Swindon, up from 818 the previous week.

As of 10 September, the covid-19 case rate in Swindon is 481 per 100k, up from 367 the previous week. The South West average is 380 per 100k, while the England average is 349 per 100k. 

A further 318 residents have had their first dose of the covid-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of people aged 18 and over vaccinated with the first dose to 162,607 (84.9%).

A total of 4,623 residents have had their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine, bringing the total number of Swindon residents aged 18 and over who are fully vaccinated to 145,272 (75.8%).

Walk-in vaccination sites can be searched at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site

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