Up to 8,700 patients died after catching Covid in hospital, data shows

·2-min read
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Up to 8,700 patients have died after catching Covid-19 while in hospitals in England, according to a report of NHS data obtained under freedom of information laws.

Official figures provided by NHS trusts showed some 32,307 people had “probably or definitely” contracted Covid-19 while in hospital since March 2020, with 8,747 of them dying.

The Guardian reported that it received data from 81 of England’s 126 acute hospital trusts.

It said their FOI answers revealed that the 8,747 people who died were all in hospital for other medical treatment, such as to have an operation, for care after a fall or the flare-up of a serious illness.

The data includes people who died in hospital and after discharge, and did not distinguish between those who died from Covid, with Covid, or from another condition that could have been exacerbated by the virus - for example a heart attack.

FOI responses revealed that the University Hospitals Birmingham trust had the highest number of deaths with 408.

This was followed by Nottingham University Hospitals with 279 and Frimley Health with 259.

Nine trusts had 200 or more deaths, The Guardian said.

It added that at some trusts around a third of all people who died after catching Covid-19 became infected in hospital.

This included Royal Cornwall Hospitals (36 per cent), Salisbury (35.2 per cent) and Kettering General Hospital (31.2 per cent ).

The newspaper noted that death numbers can be influenced by factors including the size of a hospital, the number of single rooms, its intensive care unit’s capacity, the level of infection among and the make-up of a local population, and infection control procedures.

An NHS spokesperson told The Guardian hospitals were not to blame, saying: “The Office for National Statistics and other data conclusively demonstrate that the root cause of rising infection rates in hospitals is rising rates in the community, and throughout the pandemic weekly reports from Public Health England have consistently shown that outbreaks in hospitals are less common than in other settings.”

Hospitals’ “robust infection control measures” included treating Covid and non-Covid patients in separate areas, and testing all inpatients on admission and twice in their first week, the spokesperson added.

Read More

India’s daily Covid deaths reach new high as PM Modi’s ratings plunge

Student recalls horror bike crash that left him needing brain surgery

‘Dangerous’ home teeth-whitening kits ‘burn gums and cause tooth loss’

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting