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NHS Ayrshire & Arran Confirm That ICU Capacity Has Been Increased At Crosshouse Hospital

NHS Ayrshire & Arran have confirmed tonight that ICU capacity has been increased at Crosshouse Hospital after FM Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that Ayrshire & Arran had reached 96% of it's max Covid-19 ICU Capacity.

Earlier this morning ADN Received several messages saying that other areas of the hospital where set to become "Covid-19 Only" areas to increase the ICU capacity should it go over the 100% capacity, this has since been confirmed in a statement tonight from NHS Ayrshire & Arran however it's not known exactly how much more capacity this will give Crosshouse.

Statement by NHS Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director:

"NHS Ayrshire and Arran has prepared extensively to deal with COVID-19 and

continues to work to ensure we have the right resources, equipment and staffing in

place, including ITU." 

"We have experienced an increase in COVID-19 admissions and, in line with other

Health Boards across Scotland, have increased our capacity to support rising


"Both our acute hospitals have COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patient pathways in

place, and infection prevention and control advice is followed to ensure patients are

isolated as appropriate."

"Within the Board, the situation is constantly monitored through daily operational and

governance meetings. There are established links with Health Protection Scotland

and with Scottish Government that are utilised for advice and guidance where


"We would like to remind people of the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19): new

persistent cough; high temperature; and / or loss of taste and smell. Anyone who

develops any of these symptoms should book a test and self-isolate immediately.

This advice and following FACTS guidance are very important, as currently emerging

evidence supports greater transmissibility of COVID-19."

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses,

trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places.

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.


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