An intensive care consultant at a Teesside hospital says he thought the situation would have improved more by now.

Dr Richard Cree, who works at James Cook University Hospital, said the number of coronavirus patients in critical care had increased in the last week.

The critical care unit has 27 coronavirus patients, with 17 on a ventilator, and Dr Cree wrote: “To be honest, I had thought that things might be a little better by now.”

The medic, who has been blogging throughout the pandemic, also said the decrease in the number of covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital has slowed.

In his NoMoreSurgeons blog, he said: “We still are admitting a significant number of patients into our various ICUs and we are still sometimes finding it difficult to staff enough beds to put them all in.

“I suppose it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that things are not as good as they should be.

“The case prevalence rate in Middlesbrough is only falling slowly and the town remains one of the five worst affected areas in the country.”

Dr Richard Cree
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He also wrote about the tragic scene of a young covid patient whose condition was deteriorating, and whose father was also in hospital with coronavirus.

He said: “His mother had already arrived and was sitting by his bed.

“I learnt that his father was also suffering from Covid pneumonitis and was a patient on one of the wards downstairs.

“It was a dreadfully sad situation.”

At the beginning of his latest post, titled ‘Musical Beds’, Dr Cree shared the latest figures from February 16.

  • UK COVID Deaths – Daily 799 / 7-Day average 621
  • Total UK COVID Deaths within 28 days – 118,195
  • Total UK Deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate – 129,498 (up to 5th Feb)
  • James Cook Hospital – Total COVID deaths – 571
  • All COVID cases within South Tees Hospitals Trust – 121
  • James Cook Critical Care: COVID cases – 27 (17 ventilated), Non-COVID cases – 38 (20 ventilated)

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The doctor’s post came just hours after it was revealed Middlesbrough r ecorded the second highest coronavirus case rate in the country.

According to the latest available national figures, the town recorded 442 new cases of the virus for the seven days to February 11 – the equivalent of 313.5 cases per 100,000 people.

The figure is second only to Corby in Northamptonshire which recorded the highest number of case rates at 346.2 cases per 100,000.

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