Demand for space in hospitals in the region is increasing as the virus spreads to the worst-affected parts of the country.
Hospitals have suspended some non-emergency appointments as the number of Covid cases continues to rise in the northwest of the country.
The demand for space in the affected hospitals is growing rapidly.
It is estimated that the majority of these patients are between 61 and 85 years old, although there are also a significant number of people in their 40s and 50s who are admitted and remain in hospital for some time.
The Trust has now stopped some non-emergency appointments and raised its official alert level.
Wigan Hospital is one of the places affected, according to the Manchester Evening News. The number of Covid patients outside the intensive care unit of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust on Sunday was 97% of its April 30 peak.
“Are we talking about his ability to cope with Covid? Or are we talking about his ability to cope with all the other things the NHS is supposed to be doing?
That in turn puts pressure on the whole hospital system.
A senior politician said: “If people say the NHS will be able to cope with Covid, what do you think?
“So in a sense Wigan is a bit of a problem child for the rest of the Greater Manchester area.
“It’s a fusion of the year round crisis in the NHS with Covid.
While in other districts here the transmission was widespread – and in some ways never disappeared – in Wigan, as in Liverpool, it remained comparatively low after the initial peak until the end of the summer.
said the NHS Foundation Trust: “We are seeing a sharp increase in Covid 19 infections in our communities and, as a result, a growing demand for services at all our hospital and community sites.
Silas Nicholls, Managing Director of Wrightington Wigan and Leigh (WWL) Teaching Hospitals
“We continue to care for non-covid patients and it is vital that anyone who is worried about their health continues to seek help and treatment.
“All emergency, emergency and cancer care will continue, as well as routine appointments and outpatient services where possible.
“It’s no secret that as infection rates rise, so does the number of hospital admissions, and we are now in a position to take some steps to ensure the best possible care for those who need it most and to reduce some of our less urgent services.
“We know that many people currently waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, but as always, the health and well-being of our patients and staff is our priority.
“It is more important than ever that we follow government guidelines to protect ourselves and others and reduce infection rates by washing our hands, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.
“WWL staff are currently working to contact all patients with scheduled appointments to inform them of cancellations. If you have an appointment at the Foundation, please attend unless you hear otherwise….