SOME 44 per cent of beds in East Sussex hospitals are taken by Covid patients.

Hospitals dealing with covid occupancy of more than 33 per cent are highly likely to be under serious operational pressure.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, including the Eastbourne DGH, has been highlighted as one of the Trusts under serious pressure.

The figures below show the current estimated covid-19 occupancy in adult G&A beds and the change in seven-day rolling covid admissions (new cases) over past seven days:

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust: 44% (-17%).

These findings are based on the Health Service Journal’sanalysis of NHS internal figures for occupancy and total beds up to 5 January. It covers adult general and acute beds only — not intensive care, where covid pressure is also very high.