Updated 01/01/2021 @14:55
Here’s the good news, 76% of all patients who have entered East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust three main hospitals, William Harvey (Ashford) QEQM (Margate) and to a lesser extent Kent & Canterbury (Canterbury), with Covid have survived.
Between the 20th April and the 27th Dec, 2,883 people have been admitted to the Trust hospitals with Covid. We know that 687 people have died of Covid-19 in the Trust beds, meaning 2,196 patients left the Trust’s care alive. So it’s safe to say slighty more than three out of every four patients who enter the Trust’s beds with Covid survive.
As of the 29th Dec 2020, there were 415 patients with Covid-19 occupying EKHUFT (the Trust) beds, according to NHS England published data.
According to the Trust, there were 1161 beds as of April 2020, made up of General & Acute (G&A), maternity, day, neonatal intensive care, special care baby unit and intensive care beds.
Of these 1161 beds, 981 are general and acute beds, so it is this figure we use when we say that 42.3% of all Trust beds are occupied by patients with Covid-19.
If one uses the total figure the number of patients occupying beds in the Trust falls to 36%.
So we leave it to you to decide which figure best represents the statistics in the most meaningful way to you.
The Trust serves a population of 720,500 and by the 18th December 2020 but registered up to 26th December 2020, 1,073 deaths had occured in East Kent. These deaths equate to 0.15% of the population served by the Trust.
As of the 18th December 2020, but registered up to 26th December 2020, Covid deaths in Trust beds stood at 687, meaning 0.1% of the population served by the Trust had died in their beds.
The data presented is all published and openly in the public domain. It chimes with what Martin Landray, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Oxford University has stated, when he made clear in The Times, between one in four/five die of the illness.
We have only got to where we are with Covid due to the number of patients who took part in Randomized Clinical Trials. Many of those patients approx 20,000 went onto die from the virus, but their help and assistance has enabled so many to survive. For that we should be grateful.
The one comfort we can all take from the persons dying is that each of them received the most powerful drug in the world – kindness. It work’s for everyone, it’s hard to get the dose wrong, and it’s free at the point of delivery.
The frontline staff at EKHUFT have done a miraculous job, even in a time when Covid has become more transmissible. To have a survival rate of 76% is positive and welcome news. Once again, we say thank you to all EKHUFT frontline staff dealing with Covid for their tireless effort.
The Shepway Vox Team
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