3,000 Covid-19 patients and 10.5 million items of PPE: A year in numbers at the Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Trust

On March 5, 2020 South Tyneside District Hospital admitted its first patient with Covid-19, marking the start of the hospital trust’s fight against the virus.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:59 pm

Now, one year on, Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has cared for more than 3,000 coronavirus patients at both Sunderland Royal Hospital and South Tyneside District Hospital.

Here we take a look back at the hospital trust’s milestone figures from the last year:

*On the trust’s busiest day staff cared for 237 patients with Covid-19 at both Sunderland Royal Hospital and South Tyneside District Hospital.

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ITU staff at South Tyneside District Hospital. Dr Christian Frey (front), Dr Riccardo Scano (right), ICCU coordinator Lousie Rowe (left).

*Over the last 12 months, 244 patients have required support from critical care units.

*The longest stay in intensive care for a patient with Covid-19 was 56 days.

*The trust has continued to care for non-covid patients, including seeing over 143,600 patients through its emergency departments.

*Staff have carried out over 130,000 virtual appointments.

*A total of 3,600 vitally important cancer related treatments have been carried out.

*Almost 23,000 operations and more than 118,000 diagnostic tests and scans have been carried out.

*More than 3,600 babies have been delivered by the trust’s maternity teams.

*More than 85% of staff have had their first dose of the covid vaccine within just two months of receiving it and are supporting the vaccination of some of the most clinically vulnerable in our local communities.

*More than 10.5 million items of PPE have been delivered to staff.

*149 members of staff returned to work following retirement.

*170 members of staff have been redeployed into new roles to support the trust’s covid response.

*Almost 18,000 Covid-19 PCR tests have been performed on staff and their family members.

*More than 7,500 lateral flow testing kits have been distributed to patient-facing staff to test themselves at home.

*Almost 12,000 antibody tests for staff and social care staff across South Tyneside and Sunderland have been carried out.

*1,450 patients have been recruited to 11 Covid-19 studies.

*3,000 health and wellbeing packages have been delivered to teams throughout lockdown periods.

*More than 5,000 pieces of IT equipment have been provided for staff shielding or working from home.

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