Coronavirus pandemic brings NHS staff to their knees, Basildon nurse says in tear video

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“We are on our knees”: a tearful intensive care nurse pleads desperately for people to stay at home and warns that she and her colleagues are “sinking” under pressure from the coronavirus

  • Operating room nurse Shirley Watts says NHS is “on its knees”
  • Basildon’s nurse Essex says hospital desperately understaffed
  • She pleads: “We are all doing what we can to save the loved ones”

A tearful nurse implores the country to stay at home and support the NHS as the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic leaves staff on their knees.

Shirley Watts, operating room nurse at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, holds back tears as she tells the country how busy staff are as they try to stem the tide of coronavirus patients .

Speaking to the camera, she said, “We are desperately short of staff. Things are really difficult and we all have a hard time.

Advocating for people to stay indoors, Basildon's nurse encouraged the public to call people they know who ignore social distancing rules

Advocating for people to stay indoors, Basildon’s nurse encouraged the public to call people they know who ignore social distancing rules

“If you stay and you don’t spread it and you don’t catch it, it releases the pressure because we’re all on our knees at the moment.

She continues, “We are trying to save lives, we are all doing what we can to save people’s loved ones and I want you to see me like this because I want people to realize how serious it is.

“If you know someone coming out and they don’t need to do it if you see groups of people, I want you to tell them something. I want you to say “you have to stay inside and you have to stop spreading it, you have to stop catching it”.

Shirley had just finished a shift at Basildon University Hospital this afternoon. She'll be back tonight to continue helping coronavirus patients

Shirley had just finished a shift at Basildon University Hospital this afternoon. She will return this evening to continue helping coronavirus patients

Since Britain entered the lockout, the public has participated in two nationwide applause to show appreciation for the NHS. But the hot weather this weekend saw the public ignore the rules of social distancing.

Shirley in tears adds: “I know that people appreciate what we do, that we stay away from our families and that we put ourselves in danger in trying to save the loved ones of others.

“It sounds like a lost battle, but it’s not because we all have hope and we all try to do what we can. “

Shirley was speaking after finishing a six-hour shift, she told viewers that she was going home to sleep before coming back for another shift tonight.

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