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More people discharged after recovering from Covid-19 at King's Lynn hospital

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The latest figures for patients discharged from Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital after recovering from coronavirus is 61.

A total of 41 people have died at the QEH since the pandemic began but medical director Frankie Swords, told BBC Radio Norfolk's Breakfast Show, this morning that staff were still coping despite the huge pressure.

She said: "We are still busy and bracing for more but we're still coping. But at the same time and gradually as the weeks go by more and more people are recovering, so although we have 77 people on our wards at the moment we have now discharged 61 and every day we are getting more experience in caring for people with Covid-19.

Dr Frankie Swords, medical director at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (33535131)
Dr Frankie Swords, medical director at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (33535131)

"And of course that does not include the hundreds of people who will be treating themselves for Covid at home, taking plenty of paracetamol, drinking plenty of water and taking to their beds for a few days, because we must remember that most people don't even need to come to hospital with this condition.

"So the numbers of people recovering are probably very much larger than we know about so far.

"We have now discharged a few people from the intensive care department to the ward but our first patient who needed over a week on intensive care has come on to the ward and then been discharged back home, which was just a huge turning point, obviously for her and her family but also to the staff it gave us a real boost.

"The funny thing is that morale is actually pretty good. I don't think that we have ever felt so loved, the community has been so generous and warm we are tripping over Easter eggs and curries for our staff. On the way home when you hear clapping for carers and see the rainbows in the windows and when you hear of another person being discharged home, it really does lift the spirits and I think that sense of togetherness has never been as strong as it is at the moment.

"Honestly, one of the many silver linings of Covid is that sense of togetherness that has brought for all NHS and social care workers and indeed other key workers."

Ms Swords said many lessons were being learned every day by the hospital.

"We are coping at the moment but we are braced for it to continue. We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best."

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