Nurse describes what it’s really like to work in a hospital amid coronavirus pandemic – EXCLUSIVE
On Thursday, the nation came together to applaud the incredible work of the NHS and health workers in what felt like a hugely historic moment.
Together, we gave thanks to those working tirelessly to help people with the deadly bug and a positivity shone out of the dark.
The campaign, named #ClapForOurCarers, invited everyone to join together on front doorsteps, gardens, out of windows, on balconies or in their living rooms for a countrywide applause to celebrate health workers and some 4,000 retired doctors and nurses returning to help with the crisis.
Now, a London-based nurse has spoken exclusively to OK! online to detail what it’s really like to tackle the coronavirus head on, day in and day out.
The unnamed woman, who works as a Research Nurse, said she and her team are “losing patients to the virus.”
She continued: “They are too afraid to come in to see us and get their treatment, which is understandable. So we have to reassure them and provide them with other means to get into hospital to see us.”
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When asked whether going into work in the hospital has been scary as a result of the pandemic, the nurse told: “It hasn't been particularly stressful as I am not at the front line yet.
“I do plan to help out in the wards because this is what I was trained to do. Sending all my love to all my colleagues who are fighting for the rest of us.”
The nurse believes there have been tough parts but also rewarding parts amongst it all, continuing: “I think the toughest part for me has been that we had to stop life saving treatments for patients that actually need it because they were in the high risk group for covid."
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She continued: “The most rewarding aspect is to see this beautiful sense of community coming together. It is uplifting to see how everyone is doing their best to help each other and spread positivity.”
And nurses working on COVID-19 wards have had to adapt to new roles and challenges too.
“I will be going onto the wards in a few weeks and after not being on the wards for a few years the thought of that seems pretty daunting, but I want to help because I know I can,” the London-based nurse continued.
Adding: “Right now I am still working my usual day-to-day seeing my patients on follow up and catching up with paperwork.”
NHS staff have worked around the clock to save lives amid the coronavirus outbreak, and things have been far from plain sailing for the health workers involved.
Another nurse spoke to OK! online to reveal her heartbreaking reality as a handful of her colleagues were recently ‘mugged at knife point’ for their NHS ID badges.
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Yet the nurse speaking to OK! about what it’s like each day during the coronavirus is keeping faith during the hard times we’re experiencing.
She continued: “The lack of face masks was something that was bound to happen in times like this. I think the public need to realise that the healthcare workers need it more than ever now.
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“Absolutely disgusting behaviour from people with the muggings. These are the front liners who are putting their lives at risk everyday. We should all be thanking them and honouring them for putting us first.”
As well as this, the nurse commends the NHS for all they have done: “I have faith that this strategy that we have taken will work and we will be able to manage the amount of patients coming in. Our superiors are working very hard to make this happen and I believe contingency plans are in place.”
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