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‘I returned to the NHS to help

‘I returned to the NHS to help

Four weeks ago, I downed tools at the private clinic I own, called Skin Aesthetics, and rejoined the NHS workforce on Accident & Emergency at a south London hospital. It was gearing up for an influx of coronavirus patients and I wanted to be there to help. 

We weren’t far into the crisis, but the problems were already stark – staff and equipment were in short supply. I watched as A&E was slowly taken over by Covid-19 cases. One patient came in with suspected bleeding from the bowel, but the resus bays were taken up with Covid-19 queries, so I had to see him in a nearby assessment area. 

On an almost daily basis, there were reports of colleagues falling ill and going into self-isolation. The hospital started testing symptomatic staff a few days ago, but it has already reached capacity so it is now prioritising those who work on

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Meet the women behind the moment of national applause

Meet the women behind the moment of national applause

The nationwide clap for healthcare workers on the frontline against coronavirus started its journey on a terraced street in North London 10 days ago. Dorothy Boswell, 67, heard her neighbours had been standing on their front doorstep every evening and clapping for the...

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Hospitals go it alone and issue tighter coronavirus personal protective equipment rules

Hospitals are defying government guidance and imposing full personal protective equipment (PPE) measures around coronavirus patients, following reported "revolts" by staff. At least three major NHS trusts have now taken matters into their own hands, after health...

The best foods to support your immune system and how to get more of them into your diet

No, eating mountains of broccoli or garlic galore will not protect you from Covid-19. There is no quick-fix for the immune system – genetics, age and exercise are all contributing factors – and no one single addition to your diet will protect you from infection. But...

With city life at a standstill, the call of the suburbs has never been stronger

I do not wish to put too rosy a gloss on the lockdown situation in the patch of suburbia where I grew up, and where my parents still live. The local hospital, failing at the best of times, has already had to declare a critical incident, and as in the rest of the...

what does Covid-19 do to the body?

Coronavirus spreads by droplets from the mouth and nose and you can pick it up by touching someone who is infected (for example, shaking hands), by touching a contaminated surface or by breathing in an infected person’s respiratory secretions. But what does it...

What it’s like to have mild coronavirus symptoms

Before I start, I should say that during my illness, I wasn't tested for coronavirus – that was seemingly impossible, unless I had been in hospital or had £350 to spare. But my symptoms met the criteria we’re told to look out for, and they started within hours of my...