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Will the third Covid-19 wave overwhelm the NHS?

Blog post 26/07/2021Sarah Scobie

Covid-19 restrictions in England may now have been lifted, but it is very clear that the pandemic is not yet over. The numbers of people admitted to hospital have been increasing in recent weeks, as have deaths from the virus. This explainer from Sarah Scobie looks at what the third wave might mean...

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Chart of the week: Are hospitals returning to pre-Covid activity levels?

Data story 22/07/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. The latest guidance states that hospitals should aim to deliver at least 95% of the services they delivered before the pandemic, measured against the value of services delivered in the same month...

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Chart of the week: Emergency admissions for asthma and COPD during Covid-19

Data story 07/07/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. How have people with severe forms of common lung diseases like asthma and COPD been affected by the pandemic? Jessica Morris takes a look at emergency admissions for these illnesses over the past...

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Chart of the week: The slow uptake of booked A&E appointments

Data story 17/06/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With growing pressure on urgent care services, Jenny Davies assesses the progress of a model first piloted last year where patients recommended to go to A&E are given a booked time slot to attend...

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Chart of the week: Covid-19 and the pressure on NHS critical care beds

Data story 04/02/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With signs that we are finally seeing a decrease in the numbers being admitted to hospital with Covid-19, John Appleby and Jenny Davies take a look at the number of critical care beds that have b...

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Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and associated lockdown measures on attendances at EDs in English hospitals

Journal article 28/01/2021

A retrospective database study looking looking at 14,224,908 attendances at consultant-led ED departments operated by 41 NHS trusts in England between January 2019 and June 2020.

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Can variation help to explain the rise in emergency admissions for children aged under five up to 2018/19?

Report 22/01/2021Eilís Keeble | Dr Elizabeth Fisher

Children under the age of five accounted for 10% of emergency attendances and 9% of emergency admissions in 2018/19, despite representing less than 6% of the population – what might some of the factors behind this be? This research summary by Eilís Keeble and Dr Elizabeth Fisher considers some of...

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Chart of the week: The proportion of Covid-19 infections occurring within hospitals is growing as cases rise

Data story 18/11/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Sarah Scobie looks at the thorny problem of Covid-19 infections occuring when patients are already in hospital for other reasons. How significant a problem is this, and should we be wo...

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Chart of the week: Patients' use of urgent care has changed over the pandemic – but long-term impact unclear

Data story 06/11/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, as a whole-country lockdown takes hold, Sarah Scobie takes a look at patients' use of urgent care services to ask how regular patterns of use have held up since Covid-19 arrived – an...

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