Covid-19: Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away

Covid-19: Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away. GETTY IMAGES Some ambulances have waited up to an hour to handover patients at A&Es Hundreds of patients who turn up to A&E departments in Birmingham may be turned away in a bid to protect key services, health bosses have said. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust said it was under huge pressure after a rise in Covid-19 patients. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Brotherton said it was now at a "tipping point" and would have [...]

Coronavirus: Every patient adds pressure on Warrington’s COVID wards as they deal with surge

Coronavirus: Every patient adds pressure on Warrington's COVID wards as they deal with surge We're standing in the middle of ward A7. It's one of Warrington's COVID-19 treatment wards. All around us there's a buzz of frenetic activity, machines bleeping constantly, doctors and nurses moving between patients, gathering in huddles to plan their expert care. The ward is almost full with mostly elderly patients, and from what I can see they are mostly women. It is a specialist respiratory treatment ward. Patients with COVID-19, who [...]

Coronavirus: Ireland could enter second lockdown amid ICU bed shortage warning

Coronavirus: Ireland could enter second lockdown amid ICU bed shortage warning Ireland could enter a second national lockdown after the country's health service recommended it moved to Level 5 of its coronavirus plan. Prime Minister Micheál Martin and the leaders of his two coalition partners will meet the chief medical officer ahead of a cabinet meeting this morning, two government sources have said. Under Level 5, people are asked to stay at home, except to exercise within five kilometres, and only essential [...]

Double-decker’s roof torn off after hitting bridge, leaving children ‘seriously’ injured

Winchester bus crash: Double-decker's roof torn off after hitting bridge, leaving children 'seriously' injured. All of the students onboard the bus are aged between 11 and 16. The roof of the bus was torn off in the incident. Three children have been seriously injured and more than a dozen more hurt after a double-decker school bus crashed into a bridge in Hampshire. Police told Sky News they had been called to a "serious collision" on Well House Lane, Winchester, at 8.10am. "A school bus [...]

Coronavirus: Long waits for hospital operations soar in England

Coronavirus: Long waits for hospital operations soar in England GETTY IMAGES The disruption to hospitals in England during the pandemic has meant the number of patients facing long waits for routine operations has soared. More than two million people on the waiting list - half the total - have been waiting more than 18 weeks. One in five have been waiting more than a year, NHS England figures show. But there are some encouraging signs, with treatments happening in hospitals on the increase. More than [...]