COVID-19: London hospital goes into 'disaster medicine mode'

As the number of coronavirus cases in the capital continue to soar, the Royal London Hospital is in ‘disaster medicine mode’ and is unable to provide a high standard of critical care.

COVID-19: London hospital goes into ‘disaster medicine mode’: The announcement comes days after emergency vehicles were forced to line up outside the building on Tuesday. Staff at the hospital in Whitechapel have been sent emails from NHS chiefs admitting that due to the overwhelming cases they are no longer “providing high standard critical care because we simply cannot.”

ITV News revealed the email in full which said “We are now in disaster medicine mode. We are no longer providing high standard critical care, because we cannot. While this is far from ideal, it’s the way things are, and the way they have to be for now. Every hospital in North East London is struggling, some with insufficient oxygen supplies, all with insufficient nursing numbers.

Believe it or not, Royal London critical care is coping well relative to some sites.” However the email tried to end on a more positive note, saying “Things are going to get harder before they get better (which they will, eventually). As we get busy, we all tend to reach a limit, in some way or other. Different people will do this in different ways at different times.

Bear with them, offer an ear/shoulder (metaphorically of course, while maintaining social distancing!), be understanding. We’ll get through this better by getting through it together.” Professor Alistair Chesser, group chief medical officer, Barts Health told The Standard in response to the leaked email that “The rapid expansion of intensive care beds in our hospitals has led to necessary changes in the clinical staffing model, in line with national guidance. Despite this, our dedicated staff are providing high-quality care for all who need it thanks to their dedication and skill


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