November 10, 2021 10.03 am

Lincolnshire hospital beds reach full capacity

Hospital bosses confirmed facilities were busy

Lincolnshire’s hospital beds are almost entirely full, health bosses have confirmed.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust’s Chief Executive Andrew Morgan told BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior on Tuesday that beds were “getting up to 100% occupancy at the minute”.

He said the trust currently had 77 COVID-positive patients.

The figure was “a bit higher than it has been which adds to the complication of how we isolate”, he said.

It comes as NHS staff yesterday were told they would have to be vaccinated by April 1 next year as part of new government measures.

Mr Morgan said 90% of staff at the trust were double vaccinated, with those who had not had the jab in “single figures” and including those who had medical exemptions.

He said the trust was doing “everything possible” to avoid people catching the virus while in hospital including isolating positive patients, stock of PPE, cleaning and ventilation.

“I wouldn’t want people to be concerned that they’re suddenly going to catch COVID here, it can happen, we do everything possible to avoid it, but I would hope people are not worried.”

He encouraged people to get both their COVID and Flu jabs, adding: “It’s about how we protect ourselves, how we protect our loved ones and how we protect other people when we’re out and about. ”

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