Staff at Northwick Park under ‘intense pressure’ as covid cases soar

Staff at Northwick Park Hospital are under intense pressure as covid cases soar across the borough and admissions rise dramatically over the last week. 

Over 50,000 more people have tested positive for covid within the last 24 hours – a new daily record for the UK since the pandemic began. 

Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West tweeted: “Since the 8 Dec the no of COVID patients at Northwick Park has trebled in 3 weeks (99 on 8/12 to 287 on 29/12). All planned, non emergency surgery has been cancelled (some still happening at Central Middx) & intensive care scaled up

“It’s a powerful reminder of the scale of the challenge the NHS is facing at the moment- Northwick = busiest hospital in London for receiving ambulances at moment. Just as well it is being well supported by @harrow_council & @Brent_Council @cllrbutt @gdh1961 @NavinShah2016

“Staff at Northwick Park are under intense pressure & whilst a vaccination programme has begun which will offer protection they’re still heros, they still should have a pay rise & definitely deserve all our gratitude & support by washing hands, wearing masks & keeping 2m apart”

Cllr Ketan Sheth tweeted: “My local hospital, Northwick Park, is extremely busy and under pressure—very grateful to @LNWH_NHS team for their continued stellar work. There are now more people in hospital in England with #COVIDー19 than at any point in the pandemic. Where is the government?”

Cases in Harrow are well above the national average and causing a great strain on Northwick Park Hospital.

Earlier today (29 Dec), Harrow Council posted on Facebook: “Covid cases in Harrow are still very high and we must continue to stick to the Tier 4 guidelines to protect our friends and families, ourselves, and our health services. #KeepHarrowSafe”

(Credit: Harrow Council)

Dr Afrosa Ahmed, General Practitioner Harrow & Brent/Mindfulness Coach, Bodyworks Harrow said: “Like many areas in the country, North West London had a very busy weekend with increased demand on healthcare, which we know will continue to rise. In particular the 111 and the London Ambulance Service are facing particular pressure.

“Plans are in force however to meet this. Healthcare staff have been asked to provide additional support wherever they can, supporting our colleagues in secondary care such as Northwick Park and Central Middlesex hospitals, which have also seen a surge.

“In primary care we continue to enforce the Covid 19 immunisation programme, Covid testing as well as being open for business, treating patients with day to day medical issues.

“However we urge the public to support us too, by working together and keeping to guidelines we hope to get through the next few months safely.”