UHCW confirms it is taking patients from neighbouring trusts in “mutual aid” agreement – Coventry Live

Coventry’s Walsgrave Hospital has confirmed it is taking patients from neighbouring trusts.

It comes as hospitals in Birmingham struggle as intensive care units fill up with coronavirus patients.

This week University Hospitals Birmingham issued an urgent SOS as bosses warned they expected to see as many as 280 patients in intensive care by the end of this week, BirminghamLive reported.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire confirmed that they have a “mutual aid” agreement with other trusts to help in the battle against coronavirus.

In an interview with CoventryLive last week Andy Hardy, chief executive of UHCW, said that 158 patients at that time were being treated at the University Hospital in Walsgrave.

But he also pledged that the fight against coronavirus is “a battle we will win,” revealing that more than 8,000 vaccinations have been given out at the hospital since mid-December.

Coventry has seen a surge in infection rates recently, and the rate of positive cases per 100,000 people across the city is nearing 600.

But there are signs that the increase is beginning to slow.

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What has the hospital said?

A spokesperson for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire ( UHCW ) NHS Trust said:

“UHCW can confirm it is providing mutual aid to support the collective fight against COVID-19 regionally and nationally.

“Mutual aid is an ongoing arrangement between healthcare organisations to provide additional support and resources to each other where required.

“This is something that has been asked of UHCW and the NHS as a whole during the pandemic and we will continue to offer our support in any way we can.”

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