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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