In his weekly address, Dr Jim Gardner. Medical Director of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has presented a stark warning regarding ‘loads and loads of visitors’ who will return to the Fylde Coast once they are able to holiday in the UK again. He predicted that many of these tourists will not be immunised against Covid-19, and said that this could see Covid ‘move into the area as a consequence’.
Dr Gardner advised, ‘So I think the best way we can protect ourselves and our economy is to make sure that everybody who can be immunised is in fact immunised. The facilities exist at GP practice-level and, of course, at the Winter Gardens. There’s lots of capacity to do the immunisations, so, again, please seek out that opportunity if you can.’
Speaking during his weekly coronavirus video briefing, Dr Gardner said the number of patients in hospital within fouteen days of a positive Covid test continues to fall, though the number still being treated outside of those fourteen days remains high.
Dr Gardner also warned against complacency. ‘There are still a lot of patients who are Covid-positive who are in hospital because of Covid, who are still in critical care, and it illustrates the fact that we are seeing perhaps a slightly younger age group balance in terms of the patients we are admitting. But there are still some people who are desperately poorly with Covid. It’s a constant reminder to us about what a dangerous and difficult illness it remains even as we have more and more treatments available.’
You can see Dr. Gardner full video on You Tube: