Today’s NHS statement announcing the death of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 includes 17 deaths of patients at Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals. Fourteen of the deaths were at Ipswich Hospital and three were at Colchester Hospital. This is the first time any deaths at Ipswich Hospital have been announced and they cover a three week period. They have all been reported today due to an administrative error identified in linking internal reporting to the national reporting process. This was immediately corrected once it was identified.
Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I apologise for any confusion or distress caused by this oversight. Our staff have been and will continue to support the families and loved ones of patients who have sadly died in our hospitals.”
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