Wales’ NHS boss Dr Andrew Goodall and chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton have detailed the huge pressure health services across Wales are facing.
The two were giving the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing today (Wednesday, January 13), which we are covering live here.
Dr Goodall said: “My greatest concern at the moment, is the impact on critical care. Units are under enormous pressure as we continue to see people who are very sick with coronavirus admitted to critical care.
“There are now 150 people in critical care units with coronavirus. This is the highest level we have seen during the second wave. This is almost our entire non-pandemic critical care capacity.
“The average age of people in critical is 59 and almost twice as many men are admitted as women.”
He added: “There are now around 2,870 covid-related patients in Welsh hospitals – the highest on record. We have now exceeded double the peak we experienced during the first wave in April.”
The true death toll with coronavirus in Wales, as recorded by the ONS, has now passed 5,000.
It comes as Wales’ health minister revealed that health boards are looking at using 24-hour vaccination centres.
In a meeting in the Senedd on Tuesday (January 13), Vaughan Gething said: “When it comes to 24/7, that is something health boards are looking at. I’m not setting an objective that everyone must have a 24/7 delivery model. I want the best and the quickest delivery model available and if we set an objective that everyone must deliver 24/7, that may not achieve that.”
However, he said some health boards were likely to trial the model to expand access to the vaccine and the speed of delivery.
Meanwhile, a GP has called the vaccine rollout “shambolic” as doctors’ surgeries across Wales complain about the number of doses of the vaccine they have received.
Some practices in Cardiff have posted photographs of the “disappointing” number of doses they had received.
In Carmarthenshire, one surgery said it wasn’t even able to order any jabs until January 25.
Mr Gething has responded to the complaints saying the small number of doses of the Oxford vaccine that Wales had so far received was making it difficult for health boards to offer significant amounts to doctors’ surgeries.
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