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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital sees first coronavirus death for six weeks

PUBLISHED: 16:47 01 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:51 01 October 2020

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: Nick Butcher

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A hospital patient has died from coronavirus in Norwich for the first time in six weeks

The patient died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on September 29, the latest data from NHS England shows.

The death was the first to be seen at the NNUH since August 18.

It brings the total number of people to have died from coronavirus related illness on the hospital’s wards to 125.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: Mike PageNorfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: Mike Page

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The death was one of two recorded in Norfolk. The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in King’s Lynn also saw a patient death linked to Covid-19 on September 26.

Its previous last recorded death had been almost three months ago on July 9. In total 149 coronavirus patients have died at the QEII.

The deaths come as Norfolk has seen a steady increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases have risen in six of the eight local authorities.

The deaths are the first recorded at Norfolk hospitals for six weeks. Picture: PA ImagesThe deaths are the first recorded at Norfolk hospitals for six weeks. Picture: PA Images

Figures from Public Health England data for the seven days to September 25 showed just Broadland and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have seen numbers fall in the previous week.

However the figures showed that the region still has amongst the lowest infection rates in the country.

The NNUH said it was still treating one patient on its wards with Covid-19 on September 30 and another six who had previously had the virus but were recovering in hospital.

A NNUH spokesman said: “We have a small number of patients who have or are recovering from Covid-19 at NNUH at the moment. However, we are not complacent and have robust and well-rehearsed plans in place for a potential rise in coronavirus cases.

“We are well prepared with a new nine-bedded isolation unit that will be open this autumn and we have also opened 68 new beds in the new ward block.

“We all have a duty to do everything we can to limit the spread of Covid-19, which includes regular hand washing, wearing face coverings and social distancing wherever possible. We can also protect ourselves and loved ones this winter by getting a flu vaccination as soon as possible.”

Coronavirus test swabs. Picture: PA ImagesCoronavirus test swabs. Picture: PA Images

The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, which in total has treated 462 patients with coronavirus since its first three cases were admitted on March 15, saw six new cases in September, that compares with just a single case in August.

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Great Yarmouth is seeing more daily coronavirus cases compared with other areas of Norfolk, the figures reveal.

There were 45.3 Covid-19 positive cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days up to September 26, compared to 21.1 in the previous week.

The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston last recorded a coronavirus related death three months ago on June 28. It has recorded 117 Covid-19 linked deaths.

The hospital said the current number of inpatients who have tested positive for Covid-19 as of September 30 was two, that is the same number the hospital had on its wards at the end of August.

A JPH spokesman said: “Nationally and locally we are preparing for both an influx of Covid cases and the wider demands that winter is likely to bring. We are continuing to issue updates to our staff on a regular basis to ensure arrangements are in place for what may come and if we need to make changes for infection control reasons or local prevalence of Covid-19, we will do so.

“We would ask everyone to follow the guidance, particularly around social distancing and wearing masks, in order that everything possible is done to reduce the likelihood of local transmission.”


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