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Northwick Park Hospital: Ventilators

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th May 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ventilators Northwick Park Hospital has; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in March there were more than 8,000 mechanical ventilators in hospitals across the United Kingdom. As of 4 May, we have around 10,900 mechanical ventilators available to National Health Service patients. In addition, there are also 6,291 non-invasive ventilators available to the NHS across the UK which were not available before the start of the crisis in mid-March (plus a further 73 from the private sector).

These figures will continue to rise as we procure further equipment and more products from the PM’s ventilator challenge become available.

Mechanical ventilators are allocated pro rata between England and the devolved administrations, but then within each nation decisions of where to send ventilators are based on clinical need. In England hospitals can make a bid for ventilators and these are discussed and allocated with regional NHS England and NHS Improvement teams. More information can be found at the following link:

Information on distributions of mechanical ventilators to Northwick Park Hospital is not currently available.

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