There has been a small rise in the number of patients in hospital across Devon and Cornwall following a positive Covid-19 test – driven mainly by increases in Cornwall and Exeter.
NHS England figures show that as of Tuesday morning (December 15), there were 243 patients across Devon and Cornwall, in hospital after a positive coronavirus test. This compares to 231 as of December 8.
But while patient numbers in Torbay, North Devon and Plymouth have decreased, there has been a rise in Exeter, while patients in Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust sites have increased by nearly 600 per cent in the last week – thought to be linked to an outbreak inside one of the sites.
The figures show there were 34 patients at the Exeter Nightingale Hospital (up from 32), 116 patients in the Royal Devon and Exeter (up from 88), 29 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (up from five) and three in Cornish Partnership Trust hospitals (up from two).
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Elsewhere, figures show that there were 21 patients in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (down from 36), 10 in Torbay Hospital (down from 23), 29 in North Devon District Hospital (down from 37) while three beds at Livewell SouthWest facilities (down from seven) are also occupied.
No beds at Devon Partnership Trust facilities (down from one) were in use.
But the number of patients in Mechanical Ventilation beds has fallen from 12 to seven, with five at the RD&E and two at Derriford Hospital.
There are no mechanical ventilation beds in Cornwall, North Devon or Torbay being occupied by patients following a positive Covid-19 test.
The figures show the amount of patients in hospital following a positive Covid-19 test who are currently occupying a bed.
But not every patient would necessarily have been admitted to hospital due to Covid-19, with a number of patients either contracting the virus inside the hospital, or being admitted for unrelated reasons but subsequently testing positive asymptotically when given routine tests.