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Covid staff absences have rocketed across hospitals in Cambridgeshire, while wards have become fuller and ambulances continue to queue outside A&E.

A total of 3,452 days were lost at Cambridgeshire hospitals in the week ending January 2 because staff were sick or self-isolating due to Covid.

That was up 24.2% from 2,779 the week before, and up 71.6% from 2,012 days lost a fortnight ago.

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There were 1,086 staff absent for any reason on January 2, the equivalent of one in 18 members of staff being off being off for Covid, as well as other sickness and stress.

While the area was hit by rising staff absences, the figures from NHS England also show increasingly under pressure wards and emergency departments.

On January 2, 92.7% of the 1,843 beds open across Cambridgeshire hospitals were full.

That compares to a 86.6% occupancy rate on December 26 (although this may be lower than at other times, as planned care is less likely to take place over Christmas).

Delays to discharges can leave wards with higher occupancy rates and make it more difficult to admit people from A&E.

On Sunday, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had 103 beds occupied by patients who no longer needed to be in hospital, but who hadn’t been discharged.

That was the equivalent of 10.6% of the general and acute and adult critical care beds across the trust.

The figures for this week compare to 90 beds occupied on the Sunday before, or 9.4% of beds.

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Outside A&Es, a total of 618 ambulances had to wait more than 30 minutes to handover patients at Cambridgeshire hospital A&Es last week (40.2%), including 298 waiting more than an hour (19.4%).

That’s the equivalent of two in five ambulances facing a wait of more than half-an-hour, with one in five waiting more than an hour.
The target is for handovers to take under 15 minutes.

In the previous week, 392 ambulances waited half-an-hour or longer (25.6%), with 167 waiting more than an hour (10.9%).
Waiting times for ambulances arriving to drop off patients have worsened compared to the figures for the same week (ending January 3) last year.

In the equivalent week last year, 453 ambulances waited more than 30 minutes (31.5%), with 197 waiting more than an hour (13.7%).

Across England, more than 80,000 staff were absent each day on average, up from 71,000 last week, a 13% rise.

On average, 36,000 of those absences were down to Covid, up from 25,000 the week before – almost half of staff absences are due to Covid (44%), up from 36% last week – a rise of more than a fifth (22%).

Across the country, bed occupancy remains high, with an increase of two percentage points on the previous week, which accounts for an average of over 1,500 more patients in hospital per day.

Efforts to discharge patients well enough to leave slowed last week – on average each day, 42% of patients that no longer meet the criteria to reside in hospital are being discharged.

That was slightly down from 45% in the week before Christmas (w/e 19). The week of Christmas (w/e 26), traditionally see’s higher discharge figures.

Nine tenths (90%) of long stay patients (three weeks) who no longer meet the criteria to reside in hospital are not being discharged each day to places such as social care on average.

On average each day last week, 4,495 patients who had been in hospital for three weeks no longer met the criteria to reside, with just 440 on average actually being discharged.

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “Omicron means more patients to treat and fewer staff to treat them. In fact, around 10,000 more colleagues across the NHS were absent each day last week compared with the previous seven days and almost half of all absences are now down to covid.

“While we don’t know the full scale of the potential impact this new strain will have, it’s clear it spreads more easily and, as a result, covid cases in hospitals are the highest they’ve been since February last year – piling even more pressure on hard working staff.

“Those staff are stepping up as they always do; answering a quarter more 111 calls last week than the week before, dealing with an increasing number of ambulance call outs, and working closely with colleagues in social care to get people out of hospital safely.

“You can help us to help you by ensuring you are vaccinated against covid.

“And as has been the case throughout the pandemic, if you have a health problem, please go to 111 online and call 999 when it is a life threatening condition – the NHS is here for you.”

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