Unvaccinated putting ‘sustained pressure’ on London hospitals, doctors warn

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CPAP reduces need for invasive ventilation of Covid patients (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Archive)
CPAP reduces need for invasive ventilation of Covid patients (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Archive)

London doctors have warned unvaccinated patients are putting “sustained pressure” on critical care services across the capital.

Almost all Covid patients admitted to intensive care in north east London over a seven week period were not double jabbed, according to Barts Health Trust .

A third of all people on IUC wards are there because of coronavirus complications and the surge is having a “significant impact” on the care of those with cancer, heart disease and other conditions, a trust spokesman said.

Between July 14 and September 2 this year 203 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to critical care across north east London hospitals, which include the London Royal, Whipps Cross and Newham hospital.

Of these people nearly 90 per cent (181) were not fully vaccinated.

Parjam Zolfaghari, a consultant in intensive care medicine at Barts, said: “A considerable amount of resource is needed to treat patients in ICU, and those with Covid-19 are no exception.

“On average, a person with Covid-19 stays in an ICU bed for three times longer than patients who are admitted with other conditions.

“The ongoing admission of patients with Covid-19 to critical care units is impacting on already stretched staff and, causing sustained pressure on services across north east London.”

The news comes as nurses and doctors were told they will need have a jab or risk losing their job under Government plans.

Dr Zolfaghari added: “Nearly 90 per cent of patients in ICUs with Covid-19 across north east London aren’t fully vaccinated.

“This clearly shows that getting two doses of a vaccine is the best way to reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 and ending up in hospital.

“The individuals currently in our ICUs with Covid-19 are unlikely to have been admitted to intensive care if they had been fully vaccinated.”

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