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  • hospitals are facing more pressure throughout the UK on NHS staff for having to juggle competing demands as the hospital admissions.

  • They are nowhere near the peak that they were in in April, but they have been rising where 1000 and 15 admitted to hospital on average every day in the week.

  • Up to last Monday.

  • Now our medical editor, Fergus Walsh, cameramen Adam Walker on producer Nicky Stastny were given extensive access to the Royal Victoria Infirmary that's in Newcastle on this is what they found.

  • The Royal Victoria Infirmary is part of the fabric of life in Newcastle.

  • 15,000 staff work at the trust.

  • They're always busier as winter approaches, but this will be the first with coronavirus.

  • We've got a very tired workforce way.

  • No, the beast that is cov pneumonia.

  • It's devastating if you get a setback.

  • For a couple of months in summer, there were no co vid patients in intensive care.

  • Now staff are back in full PPE.

  • Kobe continues to make people critically ill.

  • It continues to make people's organs fail.

  • It continues to cause death, but still is a frightening prospect for many people out there.

  • But patient numbers are half that compared to the first wave, and very few are on ventilators.

  • To me, this feels very different from the peak in April.

  • Doctors now know so much more about co vid on how best to treat the disease on that means many more patients are surviving intensive care.

  • We feel we can offer every patient the best possible opportunity to get through it based on so much firmer science that we can drawn now.

  • Compared with April, half the patients like Brian are on clinical trials.

  • The 62 year old is usually behind the bar at a local social club.

  • Then he got co vid terrified, absolutely terrified.

  • A lot of traumatic few years.

  • We'll just build a sense of get better.

  • But the will get is better.

  • I know that co vid patients in intensive care are given.

  • Rammed is a beer on antiviral drug plus medications to stop potentially fatal blood clots.

  • They also get Dexter methods own a steroid.

  • Trials in the UK showed it reduces the risk of dying by up to a third.

  • Mohamed came to England from Pakistan in the fifties.

  • Ah, former bus driver.

  • He's 87 suffers confusion so his daughter Shamin, who's also had co vid, is allowed to stay with him.

  • Very close toe dying.

  • He waas.

  • Honestly, it was very, very scary.

  • He lives with his son and grandchildren.

  • Shamin is in the next street.

  • Co vid has swept through the extended family.

  • Hang on, I love you.

  • It's gonna thank God.

  • He's gonna thank everybody that's helped him get homers.

  • Well, the hospital is confident it can cope with coronavirus this winter and could expand its intensive care fivefold if needed.

  • But the Mork over there is the greater the impact on other non emergency care.

  • The hip replacements.

  • I operations a myriad of other conditions.

  • And like everywhere else, patients are waiting longer.

  • We've got a really significant backlog.

  • Cataracts and I operations are a good example small, relatively simple procedures.

  • But if you are an elderly, frail person isolating, fearful in covert times, then we're pushing those patients into deeper anxiety.

  • As we've got seven free corporate I t.

  • You bet.

  • E think they're a bit tight on non corporate mighty.

  • You bet for now they have some spare capacity, but it's finally balanced on social distancing means the hospital can't admit as many patients as before.

  • Ah, handful of theaters have had to be closed to free up nurses for intensive care.

  • But surgery that was suspended in the first wave is taking place, waiting around wondering if you want to get the operation.

  • Kathleen should have had her thyroid operation in March.

  • She feels fortunate.

  • It's now happened being a little bit 10 tense, waiting, waiting around, you know, thinking I'm not going to get the operation.

  • I'm not.

  • And but now it's happened.

  • I'm just I'm absolutely elated.

  • It's It's great.

  • Around a million women in the UK missed out on breast screening in the first wave of coronavirus.

  • The trust is determined to keep it going this time.

  • The hospital is very much open for business on staff.

  • Want to continue all services this winter, but so much depends on whether coronavirus can be kept under control.

  • That was Ferguson's report will talk to him in just a moment.

  • But before that, let me give you the latest government figures on.

  • They show that there were 20,890 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24 hour period.

  • The average number of new cases reported per day in the past week is now 21,000 926.

  • 102 deaths were reported.

  • That's people who died within 28 days off a positive co vid 19 test on that means.

  • On average, in the past week, 182 deaths were announced every day on it takes the total number of deaths so far across the UK to 44,998.

  • Well, as I say with me is our medical editor, Fergus Walsh.

  • Focus.

  • You were telling us there about the way that they're having to juggle these competing demands on all the while.

  • We're also looking at reports that there's progress being made in the search for a vaccine.

  • So what is your overall picture tonight?

  • Well, I'm struck you by how much better prepared and equipped medical teams are now to deal with coronavirus than they were back in April, so that's positive on hospitals have plans in place to deal with any surgeon covert cases on.

  • Then there are the Nightingale Hospitals, but there's only one set of staff on once the staffer dealing with covert cases they can't be dealing with non covert patients.

  • So the pressure point this winter if covert emissions continue to rise, could be elective non urgent surgery, so the vaccine can't come soon enough.

  • Now the Oxford AstraZeneca team, they've said that they're vaccine induces a good strong immune response in all adult age groups, including the over seventies, the most at risk group on, they say that's a key milestone, but that evidence hasn't been published yet.

  • Now some parts of the NHS are all really working out the how and the when.

  • They might immunize people with the vaccine maybe before Christmas, because frontline health workers would be first in line.

  • But that's purely speculative.

  • The timing 20,000 volunteers have received the Oxford vaccine on because coronavirus levels are rising in the community, we should know sooner rather than later.

  • Whether it works on is safe.

  • But we gotta wait for the data.

  • Okay, focus once again.

  • Many thanks.

  • Focus.

  • Watch.

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