Patients will not be denied intensive care based on their age says health boss Andrew Morgan.
The Chief executive of ULHT clarified this week that there were no plans for a triage system that prioritised younger patients over older ones.
In his weekly Corona virus update, ULHT CEO Andrew Morgan expressed his concerns that Lincolnshire hospitals were soon to be at capacity and would need to begin prioritising patients.
“We will not deny intensive care or other services to people based on their age”
Whilst it’s not clear how patients will be prioritised, it is likely that some out-patient procedures will be delayed and those with trivial injuries or illnesses will be turned away.
During the update, Mr Morgan stressed that there were only nine empty hospital beds left in Lincolnshire which may soon be filled. Covid-19 cases in Lincolnshire are rising exponentially with 613 cases over the weekend pushing numbers well over the 9000 mark.
As of Monday morning, the latest figures show 370 new cases in Lincolnshire alone.
The ULHT aren’t the only ones worried.
County council officials have been sharing Mr Morgan’s concerns, with some claiming a Tier 2 lockdown could only be a week away.
The County’s outbreak management team are meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 28th) to discuss Lincolnshire’s next steps to handle the global pandemic.
In a statement made by the council’s assistant director of public health, Tony McGinty said:
“Lincoln is having some particularly challenging times at the moment with its numbers, some of those numbers are very difficult.”
Lincolnshire’s cases have increased by more than 5,000 in October alone.
Mr McGinty then went on to say. “For me at the moment, the district I’m spending most of my time talking to colleagues about and talking to the city of Lincoln council colleagues about is Lincoln (City)”