Chesterfield Royal Hospital records lowest number of Covid-19 patients since start of outbreak
Chesterfield Royal Hospital has said it is caring for the lowest number of coronavirus patients since the pandemic began.
The hospital is currently looking after 10 people with Covid-19.
According to the latest NHS figures released this afternoon, a total of 128 people have now died at the Royal after testing positive for the virus.
Since March 21, 267 Covid-19 patients have been discharged home after being cared for at the hospital.
A spokesperson for Chesterfield Royal Hospital told the Derbyshire Times today: “We currently have 10 Covid-19 patients in – the lowest since the start of the outbreak.
“We have reduced our incident response to one ward, but obviously have the ability to escalate again should cases start to rise – as widely predicted and as already seen in other areas of the country.”
The spokesperson added: “We continue to restore and recover critical services – urgent cancer services in particular – initiating social distancing measures which is proving challenging in some areas, but we have solutions in place; for example, patients wait in their cars and are contacted to come in when another patient has started treatment.
“We are still doing around 80 per cent of routine appointments virtually and we are continuing to ask patients who need urgent appointments on site not to bring others in to the hospital with them – unless absolutely necessary.
“We continue to try and reduce footfall to prevent infection spread.
“Covid-19 is still a high alert situation and by all of us doing all we can, we’ll hopefully continue to see infection reduce.”