Coronavirus hospital trust information

The coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges to the healthcare system across England and in London in particular. Coronavirus arrived in the UK in January 2020 and a national lockdown was in place between the end of March and end of June, with partial restrictions in place afterwards. The death rate in London hospitals was at its peak in April before receding and starting to rise again in September.

We have provided the overall number of deaths per month below and the deaths per trust (March - present) below that. This is intended to give people working in general practice an indication of the mortality rate from Coronavirus in their area, rather than an indication of hospital performance or measure of comparison between trusts. We appreciate that our hospital colleagues have been working as hard as everyone else involved in the Coronavirus response, while exposed to substantial risk and facing a unique set of challenges within each trust they work in.

Month

Deaths of Covid positive patients in London hospitals

March

1405

April

4,027

May

629

June

525

July

34

August

13

September

54

October

252

November (partial to 20 Nov)

298

 

 

Hospital trust

Total deaths

London North West University Healthcare Trust

660

St Georges University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

311

Barts Health NHS Trust

723

University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust

182

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust

636

Imperial College Healthcare Foundation Trust

456

Croydon Health Services Trust

320

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

178

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

171

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

442

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

519

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

321

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

49

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

356

Homerton Hospital  University Foundation Trust

159

NHS Nightingale Hospital London

4

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

290

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

245

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

534

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

10

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

7

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

1

East London NHS Foundation Trust

17

Royal Brompton & Harefield  NHS Foundation Trust

51

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

19

West London NHS Trust

4

Whittington Health NHS Trust

119

 

At the start of the pandemic many Trusts, particularly in North London, faced severe capacity issues along with delays in non covid related treatment. On 20 April London North West University Healthcare Trust announced that they had the fourth highest rate of bed occupancy in England due to Covid and Northwick Park Hospital declared a ‘critical incident’, sending messages to staff about contacting neighbouring hospitals to transfer patients who needed critical care. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust in north London had to stop all non-Covid-19 treatments and referrals for up to two weeks as they became overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. Homerton Hospital in north east London announced that Hackney saw the highest two-week rise in Covid-19 cases in London from 9-22 July.

Prior to the launch of the national testing system numerous hospital trusts conducted their own testing procedures and some research projects about the virus. In early May, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust announced that they were in the process of conducting a major research campaign into Covid-19. Following on from this, in June St Georges researchers developed a Coronavirus antibody test to be used on cancer patients, to see how coronavirus was affecting them and how long it takes for the virus to clear. Imperial College Healthcare Foundation Trust similarly conducted and funded projects into how the virus affects the body. On 28 September, the public were invited to take part in the Novavax Covid-19 vaccination study at the Royal Free Hospital which involved volunteers taking two vaccine doses administered three weeks apart.

In recent months there are a number of reasons which could explain why there was a decline in the number of deaths in London. At the start of the pandemic, London was disproportionately affected and incurred more deaths when compared to the rest of the country. The second lockdown however saw the North of England bear the brunt of infection rates and hospitalisation.

Last updated : 25 Nov 2020

 

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