All priority groups vaccinated, zero hospital admissions in W Sussex – it’s time to get on with it!
The official data make reassuring reading, and they’re there for all to see on the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website, which shows testing, case number and deaths since the start of the pandemic, which it dates at 19th March, 2020. We decided to save you the trouble of wading through them and present the figures here.
Since that date, just over 13 months ago, the total number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 in the districts of Worthing and Adur, Arun, Chichester, Horsham and Mid Sussex is 2,009. Over 15 months, this is an average of 154 people a month admitted to hospital since the pandemic began.
Taken as a percentage of the population of West Sussex, which was 866,000 according to 2019 figures, the proportion of people who have been admitted to hospital, some of whom have died, is 0.018%.
At the time of going to press on April 26, there had been no hospital admissions in West Sussex for Covid-19 for over a week. The last one was admitted on the 18th. At the time, there were seven patients with Covid-19 in any hospital run by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust — St Richards, Worthing or Southlands hospitals.
The last patient recorded as being on a mechanical ventilator – and that’s when it gets serious – was April 5th.
In the month of April 2021 to the 26th, a total of 18 patients had been admitted to any of the hospitals in the Trust – with most days zero admissions, the rest just one or two.
The pandemic peak for daily hospital admissions in these districts as a whole was hit this year on January 19th, when there were 268. This was much worse than last year, when daily peak admissions, in April 2020, hit 80.
Last summer was incredibly quiet, and in June, July and August there were hardly any admissions at all: in those three months, just 21 people were admitted to hospitals belonging to the Western Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
On June 1st, there were 348 people in hospital out of a population of 866,000. That’s 0.04% of the West Sussex population in hospital. By the end of August, with weeks going by without any cases at all, the figure had climbed to 367.
As the weather got colder and seasonal flu season arrived, the figures began to go up more quickly, and from November 1 to the end of March 2021 the Trust admitted a total of 1,541 patients – giving an average monthly admission figure of 308, so 10 a day, over five months.
But now, as we head in to the summer of 2021, we have plenty of good reasons to be optimistic and the main one is that since the end of March, just 18 people have been admitted to hospital in West Sussex for Covid-19.
The last death recorded was on April 12, in Arun district. Again, that was someone who sadly died having tested positive for Covid-19: it does not mean that the virus was the cause of death.
West Sussex has done much better than other parts of the country, which is surprising with its relatively high proportion of older people.
In total, since the pandemic started in March 2020, there has been a total of 1,283 deaths ‘for any reason within 28 days of a positive test’ in the five districts we cover, according to the government’s own coronavirus website figures, which you can look at here: www.coronavirus.data.gov.uk.
Remember, the figure is for people who tested positive but could have died of anything.
Here are the NHS totals for the five districts:
West Sussex District
Worthing & Adur
Total deaths with 28 days of +ve result
Date of last date recorded (as of 26/04)