Crisis when half of Welsh hospital A&E staff test positive for coronavirus

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A hospital is in turmoil after half of its A&E staff have contacted the coronavirus, a doctor said.

Dr. Tim Rogerson, who is an A&E consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Wales, described how “approximately ’50 percent” of hospital staff had now tested positive for Covid-19 while the nation continues to control the pandemic.

In a video shared by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Council, the doctor also revealed that he had also tested positive for the virus and that he would be taking time off work.

He said: “It has obviously happened despite all the PPE we have and all the hand washing we do, but it’s probably just something likely that will happen when we are faced with so many patients coming with coronavirus.

A&E consultant at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Dr. Tim Rogerson (photo), said that `` about '50 per cent '' of hospital staff have now tested positive for Covid-19

A&E consultant at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Dr. Tim Rogerson (photo), said that “about 50 percent” of hospital staff have now tested positive for Covid-19

Doctor at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport (photo) said staff had contracted the virus despite all PPE

Doctor at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport (photo) said staff had contracted the virus despite all PPE

“We probably represent up to around 50% of the Gwent A&E consulting workforce who are positive for coronavirus and a similar percentage in our nursing team.

“It is difficult to recruit staff when we have to deal with these numbers.”

The doctor explained that he displayed the “house full of coronavirus symptoms” before being tested in his staff test center.

He said: “I was supposed to be at work last night and today, but suddenly I left since Sunday with pretty much the whole house of coronavirus symptoms with fevers, aches, sore throat and lack of sense and smell.

“I managed to get buffered through the ruthlessly efficient staff test facility and the buffers came back positive.

The doctor also urged the public to follow the government's social distancing measures

The doctor also urged the public to follow the government’s social distancing measures

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Council went to Facebook to share the consultant's message

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Council went to Facebook to share the consultant’s message

In his message, the consultant urged the general public to take into account the government’s social distancing measures and to “protect the NHS”.

He added, “All of the staff on the different front lines are putting themselves at risk when we are dealing with patients who have symptoms of coronavirus and to some extent it is our job, but as we begin this holiday weekend, the sun will shine and people will be tempted to violate the social distance guidelines.

“But what the people this weekend will have on the ability of the ICU in two weeks. This will have an effect on staff who have been put at risk and exposed to the coronavirus in a few weeks, and ultimately it will have an effect on the entire hospital system.

“Although it will be difficult this weekend, we really want people to follow the guidelines. To stay at home and protect the NHS.

The shocking revelation comes as the UK continues to face the spike in coronavirus cases that reached 84,279.

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