A&E nurse in intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus at same hospital where first GP died – The Sun
AN A&E nurse at Southend Hospital is in intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus.
It comes after staff at the hospital in Essex said they were "petrified" about the rationing of personal protective equipment.
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It's understood the nurse is being treated using a ventilator in an intensive care unit at the hospital.
Sun Online have contacted the hospital for a response, but staff have confirmed the diagnosis.
It comes amid dire staff warnings that if the standard and availability of PPE is not improved, they will have to introduce "restricted services" in high-risk areas of the hospital.
A quarter of Southend's medical staff are off sick with coronavirus symptoms.
As the coronavirus crisis worsens in the UK, doctors and nurses across the country have spoken out about the lack of PPE for hospital staff.
Some staff are said to have bought scrubs on Amazon or had friends knit them protective kit.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, from Doctors' Association UK, said: "At a time when the country is relying on frontline NHS staff, this is unforgivable."
One medic said: "You wouldn't send a soldier out without the necessary equipment so why are healthcare professionals not being provided the adequate PPE?"
In a Facebook post by pressure group Save Southend NHS, a spokesman wrote: "How many more staff will this happen to due to inadequate PPE?
"We are so gutted that CEO Clare Panniker and this government are not issuing staff with the World Health Organisation specified protective kit.
"They instead give their staff cheapskate alternatives and now this. Truly awful.
"Thinking of this nurse and all staff placing their lives on the line to save ours."
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In a statement, Southend Hospital said: "We are fully complying with the Public Health England guidance on the use of personal protective equipment which has been developed by expert clinicians and is being followed by the whole of the NHS.
"There are no issues whatsoever with the cost of equipment. It has been made clear that cost is not an issue in keeping our staff protected.
"What is important is that the supplies of PPE equipment across the NHS are used responsibly so there is enough to go round."
Yesterday we reported how a fourth frontline NHS medic have died from coronavirus after selflessly continuing to treat patients instead of retiring.
Dr Alfa Saadu, who worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years in different hospitals across London, died on Tuesday after fighting the disease for two weeks.
Three other doctors have died after contracting Covid-19 – ear, nose and throat consultant Amged El-Hawrani, 55, Adil El Tayar, 63, an organ transplant specialist and Southend GP Dr Habib Zaidi.
In Italy, the country worst hit by coronavirus, more than 60 doctors have died from the deadly bug.
As well the issues with PPE, only 2,000 medics have been tested out of more than 550,000 frontline NHS workers in England.
There has been criticism Public Health England and the Government have been too slow to realise a massive expansion in testing is needed and have snubbed offers of help from the wider scientific community.
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