As the coronavirus pandemic grows bigger by the day and cases reach almost 4,000 in the UK, the National Health Organization are preparing themselves for what is to come. Today deaths have reached a staggering 177 and a possible national lockdown is looking more than likely.
Earlier today the government shut down all schools, bars, restaurants and pubs and are promoting social distancing in a bid to slow the virus down and give our health services time to prepare and deal with cases in a timely manner.
Hospitals in London are almost full from a recent rise in Coronavirus cases. On Thursday evening, a hospital north-west London ran out of critical care beds and had to ask nearby hospitals to take patients as it could not cope with the number of COVID-19 cases they were receiving.
Hospitals in Italy are warning the UK of what is to come. Waiting rooms are being used as wards and the constant arrival of critical cases mean that beds run out fast. In normal circumstances, these cases would be enough to be submitted to intensive care but now to qualify, you have to be to the brink of death.
On Tuesday many hospitals in the UK reduced their visiting times to up to two visitors per patient between an hour long period, in attempt to prevent the virus spreading onto wards.
Rachel Garside, Senior Sister at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS foundation Trust, is trying to prepare her team as best she can for what is to come.
“This is getting real now! I feel like we are waiting for a tsunami to hit us.”
Also part of the Huddersfield team, Gabriella Gaukroger says this is the time that everyone needs to stick together and work as a team.
“We are seeing this pandemic growing faster than predicted and we just need to continue to all work as hard as we are doing”
Gabriella Gaukroger and Rachel Garside at HRI.
Matt Hancock, the National Health Secretary recently urged retired doctors and nurses who have left practice in the past three years to return to hospitals to help with the predicted mass influx of patients to come. An extra plea has been made toward medical students in their final years, to sign up and help out during this time.
Despite the strain and stress put on doctors and nurses in these uncertain times, medical personnel all over the country are remaining positive and trying to prepare themselves for the next wave of the pandemic. Gaukroger shared an uplifting message earlier this week,
“I’m so proud to be a part of the National Health Service. We are together as one, let’s do this!”
If you think you may have Corona virus symptoms or want to know more about the virus, visit the NHS page here or call 111 if your symptoms get serious.