18 December 2020 18:31
Letter: Why Have Waverley and Guildford Been Treated Differently? From: Paul Jarvis I take issue with the statement from Cllr Tim Oliver: "But we need to take swift action to save lives and stop our crucial NHS services from being put under even more pressure". The RSCH NHS Trust which covers areas in Guildford and Waverley is far from "under pressure". Official stats show that on December 16 there were a total of 43 patients with Covid, seven on ventilators. Consider that a new 20-bed Covid facility [Guildford Borough Council Ward] has been provided, I cannot believe for a second that even RSCH alone, a 520-bed hospital, is overwhelmed by these 23 patients (assuming their transmission was not nosocomial [ie originating or taking place in the hospital]).
The NHS hospital trust treats circa 90k inpatients per year. This year, it has had 519 Covid admissions all year. Covid will have accounted for just 0.6% of the trusts yearly patients and is currently taking up 8% of beds. Finally, what logic was used to allow Waverley to be in Tier 2 whilst Guildford goes into Tier 3? On the day of the decision, the 7-day rates were 167 (Guildford) and 144 (Waverley). Not hugely different and when 7-day rate of growth is considered it is 60% (Guildford) and 86% (Waverley) – Waverley is growing much faster. So, we have the same NHS trust (which doesn't seem to be anywhere near its limits), we have very similar case rates and Waverley has a much faster growth rate. How on earth is it correct for Waverley and Guildford to be in different Tiers? It is fortunate for our MP that she lives in Waverley, not Guildford. All data has been taken from the Covid-19 government dashboard and the RSCH NHS trust website. Share this: Reddit Print Facebook Twitter