THREE nurses who were forced to carry trash bags due to a lack of protective equipment have all tested positive for the coronavirus, reports said.
The heroic trio was photographed last month in combinations of dangerous goods made of bright blue bags at Northwick Park Hospital in north-west London.
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Staff pleaded for more kits to protect themselves from the deadly virus as they fought to treat a patient tsunami.
But the three nurses in the photo have all been confirmed to have Covid-19, reports the Telegraph.
The group all tested positive at a north London test center last week, according to an anonymous source not quoted by the newspaper.
And they are not the only ones affected by the devastating diagnosis of the besieged hospital – which was the first to report a critical incident after a wave of patients.
We need an appropriate PPE kit now, otherwise the nurses and doctors will die. It’s that simple. “
Nurse at Northwick Park Hospital
It was found that more than 50% of the staff of a service – including the matron and the director of the service – had contracted the virus.
Hospital staff were also warned not to speak to the press about the persistent shortages of protective kits, the source said.
Last month, doctors spoke anonymously to request masks, dresses and gloves.
One nurse said, “We need an appropriate PPE kit now, or the nurses and doctors will die. It’s that simple.
“We treat our own colleagues in the department after catching the virus in patients. How can it be true? “
The nurse added, “And the worst part is that we cannot allow their loved ones to say goodbye.
“Even our own families don’t want us to come home in case we bring the disease back. “
Fourteen other NHS doctors have been claimed for the virus, including Alice Kit Tak Ong, 70, a veteran NHS nurse, who died this week.
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Dr. Anton Sebastianpillai, a consulting geriatrician, was also killed by a coronavirus on Saturday at Kingston Hospital.
Cardiac surgeon and father of two Jitendra Rathod, who worked at the University Hospital of Wales, died in Cardiff on Monday after being tested positive for Covid-19.
And John Alagos, 23, is said to be the youngest British doctor to die of the deadly virus – collapsing after a 12-hour shift “without the right kit”.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said, “We are working tirelessly to provide the NHS and the social care sector in general with the equipment and support they need to fight this epidemic.
“Each hospital, community pharmacy and ambulance trust has now received PPE. Yesterday we delivered over 30 million items of PPE to NHS Trusts in England, and in the past few weeks over 600 million items of PPE have been delivered, including masks, dresses, aprons and gloves. .
“The whole weight of government is behind this effort and we continue to work closely with industry, social care providers, the NHS, the NHS supply chain and the military so that all our NHS and caregivers get the protection they deserve.
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