Somerset NHS warns on COVID

Somerset NHS is concerned that the numbers coming forward for vaccinations this year are tailing off. They say “We have also seen a reduction in people coming forward for their Covid and Flu vaccinations. This is leading to increasing numbers becoming ill/having to be admitted to hospital with flu and Covid.

Overall over 87% of the population had received a COVID vaccination of some sort by the 14 December. However only 72.7% of those who are eligible have taken up the autumn booster.

Why does this matter? Simple, it is adding to an already acute set of circumstances in our hospitals. These are the facts:

  • As of 19 December, there are 91 patients in an Acute Hospital with Covid  
  • In Musgrove Park there are 70 patients;  an average 71% increase over the last six weeks
  • In Yeovil there are 21 patients; an average 64% increase over the last six weeks.

Remember COVID and flu remain prevalent. NHS Somerset expect an increase over the coming weeks as we spend more time indoors socialising. Vaccination offers the best protection both to yourself and those around you and everyone eligible is urged to take up the offer.  To arrange your Covid vaccinations visit https://bit.ly/CovidWalkInSomerset or https://bit.ly/SomersetCovidBookings For Flu vaccinations visit https://bit.ly/SomersetBookFluJab

Meanwhile hospital beds are becoming scarce for other reasons. NHS Somerset report that as of 20 December there were 186 patients in our Musgrove Park and Yeovil hospitals who were medically fit to be discharged. And as of 15 December 79 patients in a community hospital who are medically fit to be discharged. They cannot be discharged because there are no beds to move them on to either in social care, or there are no home carers available to help them return home.

NHS Somerset are keen to point out the pressure on beds that already exists. With an ambulance strike as well, having avoidable admissions for COVID and flu will only exacerbate the situation.

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