According to statistics, the number of deaths at home this year is one third higher than normal.
The number of deaths at home in Merseyside has increased, but most of them are not caused by Covid-19, as new figures show.
Although some of this may be a redistribution of deaths from hospitals and hospices to the home, in England and Wales deaths have increased in some cases
This was 34% more or 925 more deaths than the five-year average of 2,704 for the same period from 2015 to 2019.
Only 74 of the home deaths in 2020 were attributable to Covid-19.
Between 28 December and 2 October, 3,629 deaths were registered as home in Merseyside.
Research by the Office for National Statistics has shown that although some of the deaths may be a redistribution of deaths from hospitals and hospices to the home, in some cases the number of deaths has increased in England and Wales.
The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of the NHS Liverpool – the organization that plans NHS health services throughout the city – made it clear that they want to understand what these figures tell us about the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives, as well as their deaths.
As a result, ECHO expects that CCG Liverpool will continue to work with its public health colleagues on this issue.
said Dr. Lemmens: “We know that during the first wave of the corona virus in the spring, some people did not always seek help or advice on their health, either because they did not want to put additional pressure on the NHS or because they were afraid of becoming infected with the virus.
Dr Fiona Lemmens, a local general practitioner and chair of the NHS Liverpool CCG, said it was important to seek help immediately.
“It’s really important that you don’t postpone help when you need it and that you don’t stop treatment unless your medical team instructs you to do so.
“For example, if your family doctor or nurse decides that you need to see someone face to face, you will find that your practice has a system in place to keep patients separated. Hospitals and community clinics also have these systems.
“Throughout the NHS we have systems in place to ensure the safety of patients and staff and contain the spread of the virus.
“Please also remember that if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is in danger, you should call 999 immediately, as you would normally do – especially if they think they might have a heart attack or stroke – every second counts with these conditions.
There have been 7,440 deaths in Wales, 1,624 more than the five-year average.
Sarah Caul, Head of Mortality Analysis at the ONS, said: “While hospital and nursing home deaths have fallen below the five-year average since the initial peak of the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen time and again that household deaths are well above the five-year average.
In England, the number of deaths in private households registered between 28 December and 11 September was 108,842 – 25,472 more than the five-year average.