A blowing nurse said today that 80% of NHS staff working in a hospital room contracted coronavirus because of the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to them.
An NHS nurse said staff working in departments other than coronaviruses at Arrow Park Hospital on the Wirral were found to have inadequate PPE.
The anonymous staff member said that there are now 15 staff members who are not working because they are suspected of having the virus.
The Arrow Park Hospital initially hosted British evacuees from Wuhan who had been repatriated to the UK from the center of the pandemic.
Staff pictured above wearing personal protective equipment, many NHS employees said there was a shortage
NHS nurse said staff working in non-coronavirus services at Arrow Park Hospital on the Wirral were left with inadequate PPE
Speaking to The Sun, the doctor said that a nurse had returned home and has now transmitted the virus to her husband, who remains in critical condition.
They said, “Until this week, we had not received any PPE. We just used our usual gloves, not even paper masks.
“All of the best stuff is for intensive care, which is good, but the rest of the services have to struggle.
“We are putting our lives in danger and the government is failing us.”
Arrow Park Hospital initially hosted British evacuees from Wuhan who had been repatriated to the UK from the center of the pandemic. Those arriving at the hospital are pictured above in February
The doctor said people would be shocked if they could witness conditions at the hospital right now and added that few community tests were also life-threatening.
They added that people suspected of coronavirus are still being brought to the hospital.
Pretend that many do not actually have the virus but that as soon as they are admitted to a Covid-19 service, “there is a good chance that they will get it”.
“Some people are sentenced to death because they are not tested outside of hospitals,” they added.
A spokesman for the Wirral University Hospital said that staff followed England’s public health advice and isolated themselves if they developed symptoms
“Staff follow England Public Health advice and self-isolate if they develop symptoms.
“It’s about protecting the safety of our staff and our patients. During this period, we can assure you that our hospitals have adequate staff.
“Although we do not discuss personal health information of staff members, if staff members have concerns, we have established ways to convey it through their supervisor or through a Freedom to Guardian Speak Up ”.
“There is adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout our trust and staff are encouraged to wear PPE in accordance with national guidelines. “
This morning, Dr. Rachel Clarke, who works in palliative care at Oxford, told Good Morning Britain that the government needs to be honest about the lack of PPE in hospitals.
“Take last month, Public Health England’s official PPE advice changed three times and the deepest of these was a drop in PPE standards.
“We all know that it’s not based on the best science, the science hasn’t changed three times in the past month. They therefore lowered the level of PPE. “
She added that many doctors understood that there was a shortage due to the pandemic, but that there was not enough being done.
MailOnline has contacted the NHS trust that oversees Wirral University Hospital.