Morecambe Bay hospitals record no coronavirus deaths for 18-day stretch

No coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded at hospitals run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust for almost three weeks.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 2:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 2:34 pm
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The most recent death was recorded 18 days ago on July 11, according to NHS England data. There was also one recorded on July 10 - the only two in July so far.

UHMBT saw its peak of Covid-19 related deaths in the first week of the coronavirus crisis, when 18 were recorded at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary alone between March 27 and April 3, and - when death announcements nationally were changed to showing trust-wide figures only - the following week saw 37 deaths across the whole Morecambe Bay trust, and week 3 saw 30 deaths recorded.

Since then, numbers have thankfully dropped dramatically, with 15 deaths recorded across the trust in May and five in June. There have been 169 across the trust in total.

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As of July 21, 395 people had been discharged home from hospitals across Morecambe Bay following treatment for coronavirus.

The majority of people who contract the disease do not need hospital treatment.

The way deaths are announced nationally means only trust-wide figures are released by NHS England, and it now only includes data for a specific hospital trust on a daily basis if a death has been recorded.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust includes the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

The NHS England statistics include patients who died in hospital - but not other places, such as care homes.