CRITICALLY ill children will be moved from wards in Leicester to Birmingham so hospital beds can be used for Covid patients. The children’s intensive care unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester will now be taken over to treat seriously ill adults suffering with coronavirus. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates This means that the hospital’s paediatric ICU activity will now move around 40 miles away to Birmingham so that beds are free for Covid patients. There are currently over 350 patients being treated for coronavirus in Leicester’s hospitals, with 34 on mechanical ventilation. Health bosses today made the “difficult decision” to temporarily take over the ICU with adult patients.Medical director at Leicester’s Hospitals Andrew Furlong said: “Unfortunately, we are having to make the difficult decision to temporarily move our paediatric intensive care activity to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. “The move will help us to create the additional adult intensive care capacity that will be needed in the coming weeks. “Whilst this is not an easy decision to make, we believe it to be the safest way to care for our paediatric patients given the emerging coronavirus situation.” The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust had… Read full this story
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