Royal Hospital Clarifies Social Media Rumors Regarding Vacant Beds

Merge 104.8  |  30 May 2021

The Royal Hospital issued a clarification, to explain the social media rumors that were circulating about the hospital’s refusal to accept COVID-19 patients, despite having enough beds available.

The statement said that while the hospital does have 1,200 beds, making it the largest hospital in the country, the reason that they are leaving some beds unused is because there is a shortage of medical and nursing staff due to the significant increase in the number of ICU patients over the last two years, and the fact that some nurses have retired early.

The hospital added that in the last five years, the number of operations at the hospital increased from 8,000 to 25,000, the number of births from 7,000 to nearly 10,000 and the number of tests to over 3 million tests per year.