Sally Goodright and five other staff members wore personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, masks and plastic face shields, when moving corpses to a hospital where the morgue was full.
They ran out of body bags as the dead continued to arrive from the halls.
Miss Goodright shared how emotional she became when she noticed the names of the patients she cared for and the relatives of people she knew.
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The nurse described distressing scenes at West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth, west London, in a Facebook message that has been shared thousands of times.
She shared photos of herself wearing PPE, including a mask and shield, a fishnet or crowd cap, gloves and an apron.
She praised the work of exhausted NHS staff, denounced people who ignore Covid-19’s lockdown and social distancing rules, and said how desperate she was to “go back to my old life.”
Miss Goodright urged people to “do the right thing” and stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, save lives and ease the pressure on overworked healthcare workers.
In her article, she wrote: “After the morning of providing urgent care to diabetic patients, I was asked to join a team to help the morgue staff at West Mid Hospital.
“The staff are so overwhelmed with deaths that they cannot cope. 2 large refrigerators were placed in the parking lot because the morgue is full.
“So, with 2 podiatric surgeons, a podiatry professor, 2 audiologists and myself, we were asked to transport 40 bodies from the morgue to the refrigerators.
“The refrigerators are located on the other side of the hospital, so we had to work in pairs to move the heavy and bulky carts.
“All of the dead were still infectious, so full PPE was necessary, it was hot and sweaty, but being fully aware of the importance of PPE, we had to persevere for hours. “
“It all became particularly upsetting when I saw the names of the patients I regularly treat and the names of people I didn’t know were dead. “
She added: “We ran out of body bags but the dead were still arriving from services.
“Everyone is doing a fantastic job and really working as a team of surgeons, porters, cleaners and the brilliant team who make sure the refrigerators are in situ and in perfect working order. “
Miss Goodright urged people to abide by the rules of foreclosure and social distancing.
She wrote, “This morning I saw families setting up equipment for circuit training on Twickenham Green and on the way home, I saw families at Radnor Gardens setting up badminton nets and others play soccer.
“What a part of the HOME STAY. SAVE LIVES don’t these people understand? This is really not an essential exercise.
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“Go to a Joe Wicks workout and stay indoors.
“We in the NHS are tired and I understand that staying in is dark but it is very important.
“Please stay at home. I want to go back to my old life.
“I miss my patients who don’t need urgent care but have to stay inside.
“I fail to visit my homebound patients who need routine care because we only provide urgent care as much as possible.
“DO THE RIGHT THING!” “
Readers praised Miss Goodright and her fellow NHS heroes.
A Facebook user wrote, “You are incredibly strong. I don’t know where you all get your mental strength and energy. You are all heroes, thank you. “
Another added, “Thank you for all you are doing during this difficult and dangerous time. God bless you and your colleagues. Pay attention. Stay safe. “
And a third wrote, “I can’t thank you enough for all that you and your co-workers do for us and your family for letting you go out every day to do this job. “
The Queen, meanwhile, sent a message to healthcare workers on the occasion of World Health Day.
She said in a statement, “On World Health Day, I want to thank all health professionals for their selfless commitment and diligence as you take on roles of vital importance to protect and improve the health and well-being of people around the world. the Commonwealth and around the world.
“During the test period, we often observe that the best of the human spirit manifests. The dedication to serving countless nurses, midwives and other health workers, in these most difficult circumstances, is an example to all of us.
“My family and I send you our thanks and good wishes. “