St George’s health trust in South West London has seen 15 coronavirus deaths.
As of Sunday March 22, it is the joint highest number of deaths for a healthcare trust in the country, alongside London North West University Healthcare Trust.
A statement on the trust’s website read: “Our thoughts are with the families of the patients affected – and, in all cases, we would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.
“As of Sunday 22 March 2020, 15 patients have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) at St George’s and sadly died.”
This weekend Tooting MP and A&E doctor at St George’s Hospital, Rosena Allin-Khan, tweeted about her experience on the wards.
She said: “Today, I did a shift at my local hospital and the experience was deeply, deeply eye-opening…
“Previously fit and healthy young people in their 30s and 40s, attached to machines, fighting for their lives. This is no joke. Yes, most may get mild symptoms, yes many are older but young, healthy patients are NOT immune. The worst of COVID-19, can be horrific."
On Sunday (March 22), Dr Lisa Anderson, consultant cardiologist at St George’s Hospital, also told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that the hospital already has four wards full of patients with Covid-19.
She added that one ward has also been put aside full of patients with coronavirus who are being palliated as end of life care.
The intensive care unit is also “currently near capacity.”
Photo credit: St George's University Trust