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Teapots1 | 12:44 Wed 08th Dec 2021 | Body & Soul
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Many many years ago we had isolation hospitals for infections like scarlet fever and smallpox along with I dare say a few more until vaccines came into play. However even with covid vaccines (they say) hospitals are still struggling and the waiting lists are growing by the day for treatment of many other illnesses, the latter getting to be, if not already a bigger problem than covid. Is it now time to start looking at a number of hospitals around the UK to be isolation units? we can't just carry on turning other illnesses away.


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they had some and dismantled them, The waiting list problem has been caused by over focussing on Covid over the last 2 years so the number of cases of everything else has simply built up.
As TTT has said, there were a lot of temporary hospitals kitted out around the country but then they were hardly used if at all and then they were dismantled. Complete waste of money.
Staffing is the biggest problem, it's far more tiring caring for infection cases, and there are already too few trained staff for ITU and HDU cases for the hospital beds we have.
Yes, there were Nightingale hospitals briefly, but a lack of staff.
The biggest problem is ignoring and lack of treatment for anything not covid. Hospitals are no good without staff, and come April, there will be a lot less of them as well.
Teapots1 seems to be overlooking the sheer scale of the problem. One person in six in the UK has had, or currently has, Covid-19. That's a hell of a lot of isolation hospitals needed!
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Buenchico I'm not over looking the problem. We have at the moment 7000 in hospital with 900 of those in ICU. Its not about who's got it or who's had it. How can 7000 people bring the NHS to a halt regarding treating other illnesses. I believe we have about 125.000 hospitals in the UK. I know it easy to sit at home and come up with ideas when you don't fully understand the workings of the NHS, but one way or another we have to find a way to treat other than covid. My idea was to have x amount of the already staffed hospitals dotted around the country to treat covid only, especially the ICU cases, freeing up to a degree for other treatment, at the moment 7000, (most not vaccinated)contaminating (all) our hospitals. If we are going to be concerned about all the silly things about people not being able to visit, or being taken out of their living area they should have had the vaccine I'm afraid.
That was the plan, teapots, but there weren't enough staff (they weren't paid enough).
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^^ Should be 125.000 beds.
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pixie, I'm on about using what we have got already, and already staffed. The Nightingales? just a silly move and waste of money.
Isn't this already the case only in a less dramatic way than separate hospitals? I would expect that covid patients in normal hospitals are kept apart from other patients with appropriate transmission barriers in place.

And other treatments will still be going ahead as far as staff resources permit.
I'd say that is an excellent idea Teapot1.

Remove all excuses for the NHS not performing operations.
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Well I hate to say it youngmafbog but covid is looking to be the perfect excuse for pushing us all towards private health?
The plan for the Nightingales was using recently retired staff, John's Ambulance volunteers and a few contracted staff in key roles. It wouldn't have been sustainable for more than a short period.

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