Surrey hospital trusts record more than 100 coronavirus deaths in just over a week

The number of coronavirus patients who have died at Surrey hospital trusts has risen by more than 100 over the past eight days, according to the latest NHS statistics.

A further 120 deaths were recorded in the NHS England figures released on Wednesday (February 24), showing an increase from 3,226 to 3,346 over this eight-day period.

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust saw the largest increase with 34 deaths recorded, followed by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust with 33.

The total number of confirmed cases in the county since the start of the pandemic now stands at 67,488, as of 4pm on Wednesday, according to Government data.

The NHS figures released each day list the number of patients who have died in hospitals in England and have tested positive for COVID-19, making it difficult to determine the exact number in Surrey.

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This is because some NHS trusts, such as Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, operate sites both inside and outside of the county.

All deaths are recorded against the date of death, rather than the day the deaths were announced.

Breakdown of deaths recorded per trust operating in Surrey

Below is a breakdown of the number of patient deaths recorded by each NHS trust which operates a site in the county. It also shows how the number has changed since February 16.

The first figure represents the total number of deaths recorded as of February 16, followed by the total as of February 24. The figures in brackets show the rise over this eight-day period.

  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 1,163 / 1,197 (increase of 34)
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust – 715 / 748 (increase of 33)
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – 607 / 628 (increase of 21)
  • Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust – 458 / 484 (increase of 26)
  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 273 / 279 (increase of six)
  • Woking Community Hospital – one / one (no change)
  • Nuffield Health, Woking – one / one (no change)
  • Mount Alvernia, Guildford – two / two (no change)
  • Walton Community Hospital – four / four (no change)
  • St Magnus in Haslemere – two / two (no change)

According to the latest available statistics, as of February 14, a total of 245,346 Surrey residents have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine since the programme launched on December 8 last year.

Dr Sally Johnson, Woking GP and clinical lead for the vaccination programme across Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said the initial roll-out has been a “huge success”.

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