Viewers were left in tears when Ross Kemp exposed the life and death struggles faced by heroic doctors in a deadly battle against the coronavirus.
On ITV’s Ross Kemp: On the NHS Frontline, the doctors told him how they feel trapped in a “war zone” as they work around the clock to fight the deadly virus.
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The actor and television reporter went to Milton Keynes University Hospital to find out what it really was like for these doctors to “risk everything to save lives”.
And the millions of viewers to watch the first episode of the two-part documentary series were clearly moved by what they saw.
Xhenlisa tweeted, “Only 10 minutes after Ross Kemp on the NHS front line and already in tears. “
Joerenwick added: “Ross Kemp has just made me cry. I’m used to seeing him dodge and throw bullets in the war zone but tonight he is showing a war zone that we could never have imagined.
“Be fair to him and all NHS staff and key workers in the country, I salute you. “
Emilypenman wrote: ” Sitting here sobbing at this Ross Kemp documentary….I can’t even imagine that patients and hospital staff live. “
Wazza added: “This Ross Kemp show shows how wonderful our NHS is. seems to have everything they need to help people. “
Waddy1 wrote: ‘Crikey…. this Ross Kemp thing. These doctors and nurses are incredible.
Viewers heard from hospital bosses that they were short of medical gowns and needed “more staff and ventilators” urgently.
After being fitted with protective clothing to enter an intensive care unit, Ross admitted that he could not imagine wearing the equipment for a full shift.
He then found himself face to face with some of those who are fighting for their lives after being struck by the deadly virus – and spoke to a doctor who had also been infected.
The television man was seen on the verge of tears as he first saw the problems that NHS workers were currently facing.
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Dr. Hamid Manji, consultant anesthesiologist, told Ross: “We have become a hospital that is effectively on the warpath, the reality is that it looks like a war zone and a field hospital.
“A very important message – isolation, staying at home, not giving it to other people, whether it’s your neighbor or someone at work or someone in a supermarket, keep your distances, if you don’t need to go out, don’t go out – really, it saves lives. “
Dr. Manji explained how he now works 12-hour shifts in high-pressure rooms, and was also struck with Covid-19 himself.
Medical director Dr. Ian Reckless has painted a startling picture of what patient care might look like if equipment became scarce when more people became infected.
He said, “Imagine the situation where we have 20 fans and all are in use.
“We no longer have ventilators, we telephone other hospitals and they no longer have ventilators either.
“We have to make a decision for the next person entering the hospital, whom we have not yet met.
“Of the 20 patients currently on respirators, these are the two or three patients who, to be completely honest, are making no progress.
“They get worse, not better. They will not survive. And in some circumstances, we may need to stop treatment on this basis. “
“It’s not something we did in the UK. Never. “
The program captured the touching moment when George Chianike – one of the first HIV patients to leave the hospital – leaves with full staff honor.
As George said, when he was reunited with his family after spending two weeks fighting for his life with a ventilator: “I survived Covid-19 because of the hospital.”
Ross was controversial when he published a documentary about the filming of the documentary – he was accused of stressing staff and using valuable PPE resources.
But he made it clear that he had been invited to the ICU and had used his own supplies of protective equipment.
Speaking on GMB this morning, he said: “In terms of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), we used a set and at no point did we run out of resources.
“There was only me and a cameraman, we were only there for a short time, maybe half an hour …
“What has had a huge impact on me is the care and love for the staff patients.
“The film must show how staff help people … and also tell us what they are worried about. “
At the time of filming, 340 positive patients had been treated in hospital, more and more young people were admitted.
Hospital managers explained how they face urgent challenges, including the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers, the procurement of ventilators and the search for new employees to cover the 450 employees already self-isolated or sick.
And director of nursing Nicky Burns-Muir told Kemp, “We don’t really see ourselves as heroes, I think they just think that’s what we do as nurses. We are basically human beings.
“And I think he’s the hero that we have to take care of so people don’t have to” stand up “and be the hero and not get upset.
“If you don’t get mad at the situation … people will become oblivious to what’s really going on around them and we don’t want it. “
Surpassed by staff efforts to save the lives of patients walking through their doors, Ross said, “The NHS staff here are not only very organized, incredibly professional, but they care about them.
“They really care about the people they care for and it is the most overwhelming feeling. “
Coronavirus deaths in the UK have risen to 13,729 today after 861 more people lost their lives.
The patients were between 28 and 103 years old – and 40 of them had no underlying health conditions.
The death toll in England has exceeded 12,000 for the first time, revealed the NHS England.
Of the 740 new deaths announced in England, 151 occurred on April 15, 314 on April 14 and 122 on April 13.
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Meanwhile, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have announced a combined total of 130 additional deaths today.
The current figures are based on those who died in hospitals – if deaths outside the hospital were taken into account, the UK death toll could be up to 50% higher, new figures suggest.
It comes as the hero of the war, Captain Tom Moore, made 100 rounds of his garden this morning, raising more than £ 13 million for the NHS.