Five more Covid patients have died at Staffordshire’s two biggest hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus in the past 28 days.
Latest Public Health England data – published this afternoon – shows there have now been 972 confirmed coronavirus deaths at University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust.
It comes as pressure is mounting on UHNM which this week moved to its highest alert level following a ‘significant increase’ in Covid-19 patients.
That means elective treatments and other services are being reduced so the hospitals can redeploy staff to the most important areas.
Earlier this week, UHNM was treating 335 coronavirus patients, with 36 of them in critical care.
Deaths with Covid-19 at local hospital trusts as of January 9:
- University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust: 972 (up five from yesterday)
- North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust: 12 (no change)
- Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: 42 (no change)
- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 341 (up two from yesterday)
- East Cheshire NHS Trust: 218 (up two from yesterday)