Intense pressures on critical care units may now be easing across the country, but that’s not the case for everyone, as HSJ analysis shows.
NHS England data has revealed that at one in four English hospital trusts, the number of critically ill patients actually grew over the past week.
Adult critical care occupancy is still very high in most areas and 10 trusts still have at least double the number of patients, whether covid or non covid, than they would normally have space for.
At 31 trusts, the number of critically ill patients climbed between 2 and 9 February.
The good news is that, at 81 trusts, critical care pressures have dropped in the last week. At nine trusts, the number of patients remained static.
But it highlights the workloads that intensive care teams are still facing weeks after the third covid peak was reached.
Nationally, critical care occupancy fell by 5 per cent in the last week, according to NHS sitrep data.
But five of the seven NHS regions still have 150…
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