Scotland’s super-hygienic hospitals holding Covid at bay

Despite Covid hospitalisations stubbornly around 600, infections caught in hospital wards have been falling since a peak at the end of September.

BBC Scotland, for some reason, seems to consider this news to be not in the public interest anymore. In November 2020, BBC Scotland Correspondent for Health, Lisa Summers, tweeted excitedly:

Public Health England avoid any reporting of comparable figures.

TuS was able, however, on 12 November 2022, to report:

You want us to oversee hygiene in NHS England?

A very powerful indicator of the effectiveness of a hospital, of a health board and, of course, of a health secretary, is the extent to which patients are protected from becoming more ill after admission due to a hospital-acquired infection (HAI).

HAI Covid data is published weekly by Public Health Scotland but has been tricky to find for other parts of the UK

In October 2022, however, the above graph popped up in Twitter, with this commentary:

Hospital-Acquired Covid in England – 20th October update In the last 28 days, 11,234 of 30,439 people in hospital with Covid probably or definitely caught it there (36.9%) Still extremely high; seems to be stabilising at around a third of Covid patients catching it there!

https://twitter.com/LawtonTri/status/1583052116356390913

In Scotland, we can see that the equivalent figure then was 817 probable and definite cases.

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/hospital-onset-covid-19-cases-in-scotland/hospital-onset-covid-19-cases-in-scotland-week-ending-01-march-2020-to-week-ending-2-october-2022/

With 10 times the population, NHS England might have had, all things being equal, around 8 170 cases but had 11 234, 37% more.

With 3 548 Covid cases in Scottish hospitals in the same period, 817 HAIs is only 23% compared to 37% in NHS England.

Scotland Coronavirus Tracker

Note, the two 37% figures is a coincidence.

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5 thoughts on “Scotland’s super-hygienic hospitals holding Covid at bay

  1. Very little being reported by msm regarding covid. It hasn’t gone away.
    Covid hospitalisation is rising again. Immunocompetents must rely on t cell immunity because the prevalent variants evade vaccine generated antibodies.
    For me it’s still a pp3 mask.

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    1. And my wife and I Alex. We are both in our eighties, with underlying health issues, and in the last two weeks, three of our immediate family have contracted Covid. But we seem to be the exception, rather than the rule. Out shopping yesterday, we were the only ones wearing face masks.

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  2. Sorry about this O/T but it made me laugh coming from a Tory.

    Tory chairman Nadhim Zahawi tells Labour to hand back Unite donations
    Nadhim Zahawi calls on the party to return £750,000 to the union and not take any more until the police have concluded their investigations into “potential criminality”.

    I just wonder if he will tell Mone to hand back her monies.

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  3. Yep dread to think what the situation would be now if Labour or any other British nationalist party had been in charge this past three years. Labour privatised cleaning services in NHS Scotland when in power at Holyrood which led to people dying of hospital acquired infections. The SNP took cleaning services back into SNHS. The consequences of Labour privatisation and mismanagement during a pandemic would have been utterly catastrophic. Enough to send a chill down the spine just thinking about it. Brrr.

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