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Table 1 Spare capacity at the pre-pandemic baseline and under alternative hospital provision intervention scenarios

From: Adapting hospital capacity to meet changing demands during the COVID-19 pandemic

Scenario CC Beds CC Nurses (FTE) CC Junior Doctors (FTE) CC Senior Doctors (FTE) Ventilators G&A Beds G&A Nurses (FTE) G&A Junior Doctors (FTE) G&A Senior Doctors (FTE)
No interventions − 2283 − 2773 − 217 403 4804 − 5931 8666 1819 3871
All implemented interventions − 474 (79%) − 359 (87%) − 22 (90%) 568 (41%) 6430 (34%) 46,567 (885%) 42,816 (394%) 9499 (422%) 7636 (97%)
Individual hospital provision interventions
Cancellation of elective operations − 1294 (43%) − 1784 (36%) − 94 (57%) 469 (16%) 5230 (9%) 30,887 (621%) 16,029 (85%) 4273 (135%) 6326 (63%)
Set-up of field hospitals − 1783 (22%) −2773 (0%) − 217 (0%) 403 (0%) 4804 (0%) 2069 (135%) 8666 (0%) 1819 (0%) 3871 (0%)
Deployment of newly qualified and final year medicine and nursing students − 2283 (0%) −2773 (0%) − 217 (0%) 403 (0%) 4804 (0%) − 5931 (0%) 23,805 (175%) 5981 (229%) 3871 (0%)
Return of former healthcare staff − 2283 (0%) − 2230 (20%) − 161 (26%) 482 (20%) 4804 (0%) − 5931 (0%) 13,099 (51%) 2660 (46%) 4909 (27%)
Use of private hospitals − 1963 (14%) − 1891 (32%) − 203 (6%) 424 (5%) 6004 (25%) 1749 (129%) 15,879 (83%) 2041 (12%) 4144 (7%)
  1. Note: CC: critical care; G&A: general and acute. Scenarios presented are for the observed peak number of 3,100 COVID-19 patients in CC and 15,700 COVID-19 patients in G&A. The percentage change in spare capacity of each resource for each intervention, compared to spare capacity with no interventions at peak COVID-19 patient numbers, is shown in brackets