BMA has sent out guidelines to ration care if the NHS becomes overwhelmed with new cases as the coronavirus peaks. Under the proposals, large numbers of patients could be denied care, with those facing a poor prognosis losing the potentially life-saving equipment even if their condition is improving.
Frontline staff are frustrated with the lack of testing, only 2,000 NHS staff out of a workforce of 550,000 have been tested for coronavirus, meaning that thousands of Drs GP’s, nurses and paramedics are stuck in quarantine because they, or someone in their household, has symptoms.
Hospitals are restricting visitors in hospitals to try and reduce the virus spreading further. Loved ones are forced to communicate with each other and say their goodbyes via technology such as iPads.
The Government are being urged to set up a 24hr mental health line to provide support and clinical expertise to workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response.
First working NHS Surgeon dies of Coronavirus. Adil El Tayar, aged 68 had worked around the world including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan as well as at St Mary’s and St George’s hospitals in London. Dr El Tayar had been self-isolating after developing symptoms around mid-March and he was admitted to hospital on 20 March.
PM tests positive for coronavirus and self isolates but will continue to address the nation. He advised that he had experienced mild symptom so far including temperature and a cough.
As the number of people who have died rises, frontline hospital staff in England are starting to be tested to see whether they have coronavirus. Workers with symptoms and those who live with people who have symptoms will be checked – starting with hundreds of critical care doctors and nurses, followed by tests for A&E staff, paramedics and GP’s.
The Government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis. The firm has designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS, although the order is still subject to the devices passing stringent medical tests but that is expected to happen quickly.
NHS staff are being asked to move quickly to work in the new field hospital being constructed at the ExCel conference centre in London which will act as a “first major wave of surge capacity”, HSJ can reveal. The Nightingale Hospital is expected to host up to 4,000 beds in two “wards”
21 deaths out of a total of 83 deaths in the last 24hrs have been reported at one single trust, London North West University Healthcare Trust. Patients were between 33 and 103 years of age and all in vulnerable health groups and /or with underlying conditions.