Figures show amount of pressure on South Tyneside and Sunderland hospitals over Christmas: NHS facing ‘most precarious time ever’ as staff aim to free up beds for Omicron surge'
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Hospitals across England were potentially dangerously busy over Christmas despite a significant drop in patient numbers.
However, they were not above the national average for England and occupancy had dipped by almost 10% from the previous week.
The occupancy rate for the trust sat at 78.8% for the week to December 26, versus 88.1% for the previous week.
The latest figures show as of January 1 there were 50 Covid-19 patients reported as being cared for by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, with three on ventilators.
Average occupancy was highest in the South West at 91% compared to a low of 84.6% in the North East and Yorkshire.
The trust with the highest average occupancy was at the Northampton General Hospital Trust, where it was 97.4%.
That was followed by Croydon Health Services Trust at 97.1%, and Whittington Health Trust at 96.6%, both in London.
Almost 30 trusts recorded above 85% occupancy on every day of the week.