Positive coronavirus picture in Nottinghamshire for hospital admissions and vaccination numbers
It's a positive picture for the NHS in Nottinghamshire, a health chief told today's coronavirus weekly media briefing.
"Our hospitals show a continuing slow decline in the numbers of people with covid and we continue to make really good progress with the vaccination programme," said Amanda Sullivan, accountable officer at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG.
"So, our latest almost figures show that we have almost 800,000 people vaccinated now and almost 60,000 in one week.
"Now we are in a position where 90% of people over 55 have received their first dose and over 75% of people over 65 have received both doses so have had the full course — that's really good news.
"Our programme now has been extended to over 38 year olds, and and we are urging people who are eligible — please do book in for your slot. There is enough vaccine for you. Book through the national booking service or through the 119 number. Our centres are open 8am til 8pm seven days a week, so you can attend outside work hours.'"
Amanda Sullivan said she was also pleased to report that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire had been selected as one of 12 areas across the country to accelerate the rate in which non-urgent procedures, tests and operations can be brought back.
"We're building back up to the levels before covid and even going beyond that in the coming months so we can reduce waiting times for people, so that's really good news for the people in our area.
"And what we'll be doing is developing new approaches to how people can access their non-urgent procedures and sharing that with other parts of the country who will be coming into these sorts of ways of working subsequently.
"Some examples of that — we are expanding the hospital ability to monitor better intensively outside of the intensive care units to keep the pressure off intensive care and to increase the number of people who will be able to have their operations.
"Increasing things like CT scans, endoscopies, and also some additional equipment in our hospitals around some of the eye tests, ear, nose and throat procedures as well.
"Also boosting the ability for GPs and community nurses to care for people before and after surgery — of blood tests and things — a new approach that we'll be adopting across the health service."