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Two-thirds at the Whittington have coronavirus

Archway hospital has the highest percentage of patients with Covid-19 in the country

15 January, 2021 — By Tom Foot

THE Whittington Hospital was named as having the highest percentage of patients with Covid-19 in the country this week.

NHS figures showed 66 per cent of all the Archway hospital’s patients had tested positive.

The Tribune understands the figures are high because the hospital is relatively small, with fewer beds than most trusts.

Fewer complicated operations are carried out there, meaning fewer beds are taken up for rehabilitation.

Whittington Health chief executive Siobhan Harrington said: “Like the rest of the NHS across London, Whittington Health is experiencing real pressure as a result of a rapid increase in Covid-positive patients.”

She paid tribute to her staff as the NHS trust relaunched its fundraising page for donations.

The trust raised £120,000 last year, with £4,733 raised so far this year since the new page went live this week. Donations go to providing hot meals for staff and also supplies including tea, coffee and skin wipes.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportwhittington

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