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Children’s hospital to open adult Covid beds as Greater Manchester NHS faces unprecedented crisis

direct to your inboxThe Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is to open emergency Covid beds for adults in a sign of the unprecedented pressure facing Greater Manchester’s hospitals.Sir Richard Leese, the region’s health chief, said the situation in the system was now ‘critical’ as NHS bosses have scrambled to discharge as many people as possible ahead of a sustained peak over the coming three weeks.Crisis meetings have been held to determine the ability to scale up beds, as Salford Royal and Wigan’s hospital trust have both seen intensive care close to full in recent days.As part of so-called ‘super surge’ plans, four extra high dependency beds will be opened at RMCH from Monday, following a similar plan adopted by Alder Hey in

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