Sydney hospitals under pressure from surge of COVID patients

Sydney hospitals in COVID hotspots are set to open short-stay units for patients to manage the increasing Delta surge, with Westmead and Blacktown hospitals to open outdoor tents to free up ambulances.

Westmead Hospital administered 280 COVID patients by emergency transport last week, and has activated an emergency plan – reducing COVID arrivals from ambulances for 24 hours and relocating critical care patients to other hospitals.

Patients at Blacktown Hospital will be screened and swabbed in temporary outdoor tents.

Around 80 per cent of intensive care beds in NSW are currently full, with patients battling COVID in hotspots currently pleading with people to get vaccinated.

The state’s government has admitted the hospital system is under significant strain and is looking to increase beds and ventilators.

One man’s entire family has tested positive, and he is one of the many faces of the Delta strain which is continuing to break Australian records in NSW.

The health minister has revealed some of the patients battling COVID are protesters who attended illegal gatherings in recent weeks.