Another six Covid-19 patients have sadly died in hospitals in northern Lincolnshire.
Of the latest deaths, announced by NHS England this afternoon, one happened on Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday.
It brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust to 183.
Each day’s new figure includes deaths reported by Trusts between 4pm two days prior and 4pm the previous day.
Lags in reporting by Trusts often mean they are few days behind.
However, medical director of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust , Dr Kate Wood, says cases in our region are rising quickly and she expects that to continue over the next week or so.
She said: “We may be a week into the national lockdown but we are not yet seeing the full impact of this on our hospitals due to the time it takes for people to start showing symptoms and their condition worsening to the point where they need to be in hospital.
“The pressure on the hospital is much worse than in wave one, we are seeing many more patients requiring specialist treatment and more and more of our staff are being affected, either because they or someone they live with has the virus or they have been told to self-isolate.”
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Dr Wood said they’re doing everything they can to support hospital staff – but admits they’re “really starting to feel the strain; both emotionally and physically”.
She added: “We are having to make difficult decisions in the hospital on a daily basis, including cancelling some people’s planned surgery.
“This is not something we take lightly but if we don’t all do what we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus it is inevitable that more and more people will have procedures postponed or experience a long wait when they visit our emergency departments.
“If you are tiring of the restrictions, please think of the impact not adhering to them could have on your family and friends if they require treatment in the coming weeks.
“We want to be here for every patient that needs us, but we have to prioritise those who most urgently need our medical attention.
“Every year in the NHS we brace ourselves for winter, but we are not into winter yet and we already have long waits in our AEs with patients waiting for beds to become available.
“You may have heard that last weekend we declared a major incident at our trust; this virus is very much here and present in our local communities and we are feeling the impact.
“We are doing everything we can in the NHS to tackle this virus.
“Whilst the news of a possible vaccine this week was encouraging, we don’t expect one to be widely available until 2021. Now is not the time to be complacent, we have to act.
“You can help us by doing three simple things. We all know this by now; we should be washing our hands regularly, keeping a safe distance from others and covering our faces when we can’t.”