NHS rushes to increase oxygen supply as virus cases surge

Several NHS trusts in London will get engineering support to increase their oxygen supplies, amid concerns that hospitals are running short of medical gases.

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Nick Kituno and Rebecca Thomas, HSJ correspondents

  • First group of trusts prioritised for support, based on their plans to ramp up critical care “surge” capacity 
  • comes amid increasing concerns over oxygen supplies

Several NHS trusts in London will get engineering support to increase their oxygen supplies, amid concerns that hospitals are running short of medical gases.

An email to providers in the capital, seen by HSJ, said a first group of trusts had been prioritised for support, based on their plans to ramp up critical care “surge” capacity in response to coronavirus.

The email says the support will enable 304 additional beds at St Thomas Hospital, 300 at St George’s, 180 at the Royal London (Barts Health), 160 at the Royal Brompton; 161 at King’s College Hospital; and 100 at the Royal Free Hospital.


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