Coronavirus: Healthcare workers fear second wave after witnessing trauma during pandemic | UK News

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There are fears of a second wave of coronavirus among health and care workers whose mental health has suffered from the trauma they witnessed during the pandemic.

A report from the leading charity The King’s Fund states that COVID-19[feminine[feminine The workforce pandemic “was unprecedented and will be felt for a long time.”

Winnie Nwosu has been a nurse for 10 years and loves her job. But she says what she saw during the peak of the virus left her shattered.

“I never experienced depression before the COVID pandemic hit.

“I didn’t know at the time that I was depressed or stressed or exhausted. Coming out if it’s now, I realize I was very depressed. Very, very demoralized.

She describes the situation in the neighborhoods as very difficult.

“The suffering of the people is so alarming.

“Having to see patients begging you to help them breathe or to reach out to their family or bring their family to them and you can’t do that because you are also trying to protect their family. It was horrible.

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The mental well-being of healthcare workers has suffered from the coronavirus pandemic

Consulting psychiatrist Derek Tracy believes some healthcare workers may be suffering from a trauma-related syndrome.

He says: ‘Moral injury is an idea that dates back to the military but has become more common in recent discussions about NHS health care.

“The idea is where people are exposed to a job or stress that they don’t feel prepared for.

“Most of the staff, regardless of your profession or rank, we fit neatly into a larger structure, we know what to expect when we come into work. We know what risks we should be taking and who we can talk to and a pandemic is changing.

“We are suddenly faced with uncertainty. Will I get sick when I get in? Will I return to infect my family? We see people with very high death rates when they are intubated and a moral hurt is this idea that we feel out of control of that. ”

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The King’s Fund report, commissioned by the RCN Foundation, says the pandemic has exacerbated already high levels of stress and burnout among health and care workers.

He attributes excessive workloads to the “alarming” number of staff who intend to leave their jobs, which would add to the already high number of vacancies for nurses and midwives in the nursing system. health and care.

Winnie says that despite the trauma she suffered earlier this year, she is ready to fight the virus again.

“You know you get the patients looking at you after everything you’ve done for them and saying thank you. ”

And she knows her team will support each other, just like before.

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