Report 27: Adapting Hospital Capacity to Meet Changing Demands During the COVID-19 Pandemic [open pdf - 871KB]
From the Summary: "To meet the growing demand for hospital care due to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, England implemented a range of hospital provision interventions including the procurement of equipment, the establishment of additional hospital facilities and the redeployment of staff and other resources. [...] In this report, we aim to calculate hospital capacity for emergency treatment of COVID-19 and other patients during the pandemic surge in April and May 2020; to evaluate the increase in capacity achieved via five interventions (cancellation of elective surgery, field hospitals, use of private hospitals, and deployment of former and newly qualified medical staff); and to determine how to reintroduce elective surgery considering continued demand from COVID-19 patients. We do this by modelling the supply of acute NHS [National Health Service] hospital care, considering different capacity scenarios, namely capacity before the pandemic (baseline scenario) and after the implementation of capacity expansion interventions that impact available general and acute (G&A) and critical care (CC) beds, staff and ventilators. Demand for hospital care is accounted for in terms of non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 patients."
Report No. 27
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