Frontline coronavirus medics say they’re preparing to face the full force of the viral enemy, according to The Sunday-Mail.
The newspaper interviewed three nurses working in the fever clinic at the Princess Alexandria Hospital.
Frontline coronavirus medics say they’re ready for ‘the enemy’
According to The Sunday-Mail, there is nothing in the demeanour of the nurses that shows fear or uncertainty, despite the unprecedented situation.
In addition to the risk of being exposed to patients with coronavirus every day.
One of the nurses interviewed by the newspaper is 36 year-old Claire Ward.
She is an acting clinical nurse consultant with the virus team, and says the special clinic can see up to 190 patients a day:
“There has been no training for this kind of thing.
“Our learning curve is unbelievable and we are learning ultra fast.
“Through our experiences we have been building a model of care for fever clinics.”
‘Calm, collected, but anxious’
Another nurse interviewed by The Sunday-Mail is 30 year-old acting clinical nurse consultant John Ash.
He says he is calm and collected, but also anxious:
“I’m not scared but definitely anxious but I know that the hospital is putting things in place to make sure we can cope with rising confirmed cases.
“We are organising extra ventilators and prepping for the worst.”
Groundbreaking area of medicine
The third nurse interviewed for the report is 32 year-old acting nurse educator Sarah Borg.
She says the coronavirus presents a groundbreaking area of medicine.
“I already have a protocol of making sure I don’t touch the kids until I have showered.
“We practice safe procedures at all times.
“I have told my parents I won’t see them for the next six months or so and they are fine with that.
“Thank goodness for today’s social connection technology.”
All three healthcare workers say they will avoid elderly relatives for months and those with kids.
Furthermore, they also accepted the possibility of isolating from their own little ones.
Patients need to practice patience
John told The Sunday-Mail patients arriving at the clinic are frightened because they have symptoms, but staff haven’t experienced any anger or backlash.
“There has been frustration but thankfully never aggravation.
It’s important for us to be allowed to do our job to help the patients.
“The only thing that does get us annoyed is when people think it is OK to take our supplies like masks or sanitisers.”
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