NHS worker died of coronavirus after treating patients with gloves only to protect themselves, leaving family feeling “disappointed”.
Thomas Harvey collapsed Sunday after falling ill after helping a patient who then tested positive for Covid-19.
The family of the 57-year-old healthcare assistant claims “good” personal protective equipment (PPE) at Goodmayes Hospital in London, but he may not have died.
The hospital said there were “no symptomatic patients on the ward.”
Harvey was suspended ill from Ilford Hospital on March 11 after developing symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and body aches.
According to his family and a former colleague, he only received gloves at work and did not have the proper PPE.
The co-worker said that Mr. Harvey contracted the virus at work after treating a patient who then tested positive.
Paramedics told him to isolate himself, but he has not been officially tested for the coronavirus.
Her 19-year-old daughter Tamira told the BBC that she called 999 a few days later, but was referred to NHS 111.
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“They told us that it was not an emergency, but that he was breathing badly. “
Harvey collapsed in his bathroom on Sunday and died despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate him.
Tamira said, “It’s so sad. I have the impression that he was disappointed in many ways.
“It is an absolute tragedy and he did not deserve to lose his life as he did.
“If he had just had the right equipment, we would not be in this difficult situation and it would not have intensified like that. “
She said he was disappointed with the government.
“They underestimated the seriousness. Something important was going to happen and they did not do their best. “
Thomas Junior, 24, said his father’s death could have been “prevented so easily if he was diagnosed more quickly and received the right equipment and treatment in the hospital.”
The hospital confirmed that Mr. Harvey died after contracting Covid-19.
The father of seven, who had three grandchildren, has been described by his family as “a caring, supportive and selfless man who has always put others before him”.
His family said that Mr. Harvey had no underlying health problems and “rarely took a day of illness.”
In a statement, Goodmayes Hospital said, “By the time Thomas left sick and isolated, there were no symptomatic patients on the ward.
“We follow the national PPE guidelines. “
The health ministry said, “We are working around the clock to provide the NHS and the broader social care sector with the equipment and support they need.” “