Covid data change will give better picture of pressure on hospitals

A letter despatched to hospital bosses on June 7, seen by The Independent, mentioned NHS England wished “a breakdown of the current stock of Covid patients into those who are in hospital with acute Covid-19 symptoms (and for whom Covid-19 is the primary reason for being in hospital); and those who are primarily in hospital for a reason other than Covid-19 (but for whom the hospital is having to manage and treat the Covid-19 symptoms alongside their primary condition).”

Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s Covid incident director, wrote: “In lay terms this could be considered as a binary split between those in hospital ‘for Covid-19’ and those in hospital ‘with Covid-19’. We are asking for this binary split for those patients newly admitted to hospital and those newly diagnosed with Covid while in hospital.”

The data generated by way of hospital exercise are used for planning and operational causes, NHS England mentioned. It has not but confirmed whether or not the data will be made public, because it should be checked and verified first.

The change in assortment will permit for a extra detailed understanding of the Covid conditions in hospitals, in addition to what sufferers are presenting for, it’s understood.

A spokesperson for the NHS mentioned: “Throughout the pandemic, the NHS has published daily, weekly, monthly and up-to-date information on Covid hospital activity, and this is a further update for operational reasons as it is obviously important for the NHS to continue to monitor cases of Covid in hospitals, alongside the success and impact of the vaccine programme.”

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