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13-01-2021, 02:07 AM
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Covid: Birmingham hospitals move 200 doctors to intensive care duties

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...ngham-55640667

A leaked memo warned hospitals in Birmingham were "in a position of extremis" as Covid-19 cases rise.

Two hundred doctors will be redeployed to one of England's largest intensive care units amid fears it could be "overwhelmed". Elective surgeries at the city's main Queen Elizabeth Hospital will stop as staff move to critical care duties.

The trust's decision to redeploy doctors was revealed in a leaked email to the Health Service Journal, which has been verified by the BBC. Sent by consultant Peter Hewins, it said hospitals in Birmingham risked being "overwhelmed" amid a "period of absolute emergency".

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) said there were 873 patients with Covid-19 across its sites, with 125 in intensive care. This was significantly more than in April 2020, it said, as it announced plans to double its intensive care capacity to more than 250 beds.

Neighbouring University Coventry and Warwickshire Hospitals Trust confirmed it had started taking Covid patients from Birmingham.
Birmingham seems to be hard-hit by the virus ..... its' hospital facilities are extensive and excellent, though .....
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13-01-2021, 02:23 AM
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Re: Covid: Birmingham hospitals move 200 doctors to intensive care duties

Hi

Our local Specialist Orthopaedic Hospital has suspended all operations due to Covid.

I am due in next week for an operation to drill a hole in my skull to relieve the pressure caused by blast damage and an infection.

I will not be happy if it is cancelled.
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13-01-2021, 11:18 AM
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13-01-2021, 11:23 AM
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Re: Covid: Birmingham hospitals move 200 doctors to intensive care duties

My little local hospital which has a minor injuries unit has closed for a few months which means a much longer drive and wait at the county hospital for anyone who needs help.

The staff have been redeployed to the county hospital.
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13-01-2021, 11:48 AM
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Re: Covid: Birmingham hospitals move 200 doctors to intensive care duties

Originally Posted by Meg ->
My little local hospital which has a minor injuries unit has closed for a few months which means a much longer drive and wait at the county hospital for anyone who needs help.

The staff have been redeployed to the county hospital.


I had a consultation at hospital booked for this morning too Meg, but I got a telephone call at tea time yesterday to say they are not seeing anyone now, and it's telephone consultations only.
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