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Plan to quadruple intensive care capacity to care for Covid-19 patients

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has gone from 18 to 47 intensive care beds in the last 4 weeks as part of its plans to quadruple its capacity to care for the sickest patients.

This additional capacity has been created by reconfiguring wards at Pinderfields Hospital, which has become the Trust’s main site for caring for patients with Covid-19.

This incredible achievement would usually take months to coordinate. It is testament to the hard work of a number of teams and partners across the Trust, working together to provide the best level of care for people with the virus.

Martin Barkley, Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“This is an amazing achievement by our staff and partners who have worked incredibly hard to meet our ambition to make sure we’re as prepared as we can be for a potential surge in patients with Covid-19.”

“I want to say a massive thank you to all involved for the great work they have achieved in such a short amount of time. It’s the dedication of our staff to provide the best service for our patients and the community that allows us to make improvements such as this, quickly, during the rapidly developing situation.”

The transformation is part of an on-going programme to increase the preparedness of the Trust to be able to care for patients who require nursing in a critical care environment during the Covid-19 outbreak.