Barts Health: The first day of zero COVID-19 admissions for six months

Barts Health NHS Trust has for the first time in six months recorded no new COVID-19 inpatient admissions on a single day.

As of 8am on 12th March 2021, 151 in-patients have laboratory confirmed COVID-19, with 43 patients being cared for in critical care beds, or on enhanced levels of oxygen.

The trust said: “Coronavirus cases in the community are running at the levels we last saw back in September, and our hospitals are getting closer to the point when we can restart those routine services that were put on hold before Christmas.

“Over the next week or so we will put the finishing touches to our plans for the next phase, covering both some immediate steps in the next few months and our ambitions for the rest of the year.”

The trust last week also announced the opening of a new Day Emergency Care Centre for patients at Newham Hospital.

The new centre will allow a large proportion of adult patients who come to Newham Hospital needing emergency care to be assessed and treated without having to be admitted to the hospital.

Dr Lisa Niklaus, Divisional Director for Medicine at Newham Hospital, said: “While we are already providing same day emergency care at Newham Hospital, this new unit will allow us to provide it in a more dedicated, streamlined manner. It will help the hospital better manage patient flow by reducing acute hospital admissions, while also improving patient experience and reducing the amount of time they have to spend in hospital”.