THE DGH is being named nationally as one of 11 hospitals ‘at very high alert.’

It was at 192 per cent of its baseline level of beds for critical care on Thursday morning.

There are five levels of CRITCON during the pandemic, which are used for a hospital to state its situation.

We are still at level three.

This means we are at “full stretch” and critical care patients are spilling onto other wards.

Wards which would normally be used for things such as child care are being turned into intensive care units for adults.

The hospitals at level three are Conquest Hospital, Hastings; East Surrey Hospital, Redhill; Eastbourne DGH; Maidstone Hospital; Medway Maritime Hospital; Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading; Stoke Mandeville Hospital; Tunbridge Wells Hospital; Wexham Park Hospital, and Wycome Hospital.

Separate analysis of data reveals more than half of all major hospital trusts in England currently have more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave of the deadly virus.