Less than 50 patients currently being treated for Covid-19 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital after 'roller coaster' two months

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed there are now just 49 patients being treated for Covid-19 in their wards, after a ‘roller coaster’ two months with over 400 total virus fatalities.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 1:25 pm

Since the pandemic first began last year, the hospital trust has had 412 patients lose their life after testing positive for coronavirus.

While 49 people are still being treated for the virus at Chesterfield Royal Hospital with eight of those in critical care, health bosses are urging the public to remain vigilant and continue abiding by the lockdown rules as they are now finally below the peak of the crisis in April, 2020.

A spokesperson for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are continuing to see the number of inpatients with a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 fall, including those who are critically ill.

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"However, there are still a significant number of patients on our inpatient wards and in critical care so the message is still that we would urge everybody to follow the current Government guidelines and abide by all safety measures.

"This includes the use of facemasks, hand sanitising and social distancing to protect each other, protect our services and keep those numbers on a downward trajectory.”

In a post on Facebook, the healthcare provider admitted ‘the last two months have been a roller coaster ride’ but staff feel as though they are now making headway after the Prime Minister revealed the Government’s road map out of lockdown last week.

While more than 1,500 people have returned home from Chesterfield Royal Hospital after contracting and recovering from coronavirus, workers lost one of their former colleagues, Jenny Stone, to the virus when she died on February 6.

Almost 1,000 employees at the hospital paid tribute to their beloved friend, who worked in the facilities service department for nearly 30 years, by standing in a guard of honour as Jenny’s funeral procession passed through the grounds of Chesterfield Royal on February 25.

The post continued: “It’s been tough on our staff since Christmas.

"Lots of us had COVID-19 as well.

"Many colleagues took up our call to action and volunteered to be redeployed into new COVID-19 areas and critical care services.

"Staff who normally work in admin helped with meals, others supported vaccinations.

"We’ve taken teamwork and support to a new level!

“In January we hit a high with nearly 200 patients in our hospital with Coronavirus and all our ITU beds were full.

"We’ve now said sad goodbyes to more than 400 of our patients who have passed away with COVID-19 a factor in their death - all much loved family and friends to people in our communities and of course including our former colleague Jenny Stone.”

While in a statement the hospital declared they are ‘not out of the woods yet’, fewer numbers of Covid-19 positive patients on the hospital’s wards mean staff are now able to make provisional plans for resuming their planned care in the future.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital thanked residents for respecting the coronavirus rules and following good hygiene techniques throughout the pandemic, but urged them to make sure they take a virus test if they are asked to and attend their vaccine appointments when they are invited.

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