A hospital faced an “overwhelming demand” for critical care services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Harlow, Essex has had 205 deaths of patients with the disease.

A report, marked private but published in hospital board papers, said there was a “high” of 33 Covid-19 positive patients being treated on ventilators.

The hospital trust’s chief executive said he was “extremely proud” of how staff had responded to the pandemic.

The report said a “rapid response peer review” of critical care services at the Harlow hospital had been undertaken.

“This was in response to a request from the NHS England critical care incident cell about the impact that the overwhelming demand for critical care services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic may have

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