The number of Covid patients discharged from city hospitals

Leicester’s hospitals have treated and discharged almost 4,000 Covid-19 patients since the pandemic hit last year.

Members of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust’s (UHL) board observed a moment of reflection at its meeting this morning to remember those people who have died after testing positive for the virus in the city’s hospitals.

Yesterday’s weekly death announcement took the trust’s overall toll to 1,093.

The ‘grim milestone’ of 1,000 deaths was passed last week.

However, members were also encouraged to think of the almost 4,000 people who have been treated by the trust’s staff – who continue to see more virus patients than ever – to the point at which they were ready to go home.

Mark Wightman, the trust’s director of strategy and communications, said: “It’s absolutely right we mark the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths (UHL) and 100,000 deaths nationally, but also recognise that we have discharged nearly 4,000 patients that have been in our care with Covid.

“That is also a figure to ponder in terms of just how hard our clinical teams have worked, just how hard they’ve pushed the envelope of what is known and the science around Covid and how patients are cared for.

“Some of our outcomes for Covid recovery are best in class.”

After the first wave, UHL, which manages and runs the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital, was praised for its treatment of Covid patients and ranked in the top 3 hospitals in the country for patient outcomes.

He added: “It is sad, it’s very sad and we all feel that deeply, but also we have to recognise that our staff have been doing brilliant work and think about those 4,000 people that we’ve turned around and sent back out into their lives.

“That is a reason and something for us to celebrate.”

Acting chief executive Rebecca Brown said: “I would absolutely echo that, it is extremely important to recognise both of those situations.”

The first pandemic-related death in the county was in mid-March last year, since then a patient in their 20s was the youngest to die, the oldest was over 100.

The latest NHS data available shows that 267 patients died in January at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital collectively.

This figure may increase after the data is verified.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News