A major Kent hospital is so overwhelmed with coronavirus patients that has declared itself at “full stretch” and raised its alert level.
Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford is operating at flat out as it declared itself at CRITCON 3 alert – meaning wards are full and operating near enough at maximum capacity.
The hospital has already been so inundated with patients that services have had to be suspended.
Darent Valley’s home birth service was suspended on New Years Eve as ambulances were so busy tending to Covid-19 patients.
Figures show that the hospital is one of the worst-affected areas of the country, The Sun reported.
The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported that 173% of critical care beds were in use — meaning the facility is well over capacity.
Ten other hospitals in the southeast are just one CRITICON level below Darent Valley, which means they are "at full stretch”.
Dartford and Gravesham Trust, which runs the hospital had originally raised the alert level to four – meaning that some critical care services could be pulled.
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But this was an administrative error, healthcare bosses later said.
Kent has been the centre of the pandemic since a mutated strain of coronavirus was found festering in the south east.
It has since spread rapidly, ripping through London and the rest of the country.
Darent Valley has declared no “unoccupied” in its critical care unit since January 1, the HSJ reported.
It comes as Coronavirus deniers who claim that hospitals are actually sitting empty were slammed on live television by the Prime Minister.
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Boris Johnson told sceptics to “grow up” as NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens criticised those for spreading damaging lies.
There are now more than 30,000 people in hospital with coronavirus with more than half a million positive tests in the last ten days.
When asked why some people think Covid-19 is fake, Sir Simon fumed: “Let's just be completely straightforward about it – when people say that it is a lie.
“If you sneak into a hospital in an empty corridor at nine o'clock at night and film that particular corridor, and then stick it up on social media and say ‘this proves the hospitals are empty, the whole thing is a hoax’, you are not only responsible for potentially changing behaviour that will kill people, but it is an insult to the nurse coming home from 12 hours in critical care having worked her guts out under the most demanding and trying of circumstances.
“There is nothing more demoralising than having that kind of nonsense spouted when it is most obviously untrue.”
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