An NHS worker believes she and other staff are being put in danger because of a lack of Personal Protective Equipment and Coronavirus testing.
Imogen McDermott ,20, works as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) and a student nurse at Royal Bolton Hospital.
“No medical checks have been carried out before shifts.”
Imogen Mcdermott, nhs worker
Since the coronavirus outbreak, McDermott says, “No medical checks have been carried out before shifts. They don’t check our temperature or ask if we have had any symptoms in the past 24 hours, which is scary because we are around vulnerable people.”
An NHS Staff Council Statement on Covid-19 ensured that staff would be kept safe and be supplied with essential equipment.
However, McDermott says this is not the case.
When she arrived to start her shift, she was informed that a man on her ward ‘may have coronavirus’ but ‘is yet to be tested’.
Another message I received from former student in early March about lack of PPE, no testing, and worry about 'being sent out to die'. Many NHS staff aren't allowed to speak directly to the press so have to channel their messages through other people to get word out. https://t.co/OyV7Fsygfm
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She has not yet been fitted with an appropriate mask to protect her safety.
“When I told them I couldn’t treat a patient because they were unsure whether or not he had the virus and I didn’t have a mask fitted, I was told to just use any mask and that it didn’t matter.” McDermott explained.
“I’m scared of passing it on to my family without even knowing.”
imogen McDermott, nhs worker
McDermott has become increasingly worried about the lack of equipment.
She said “The government is telling us to self isolate if we have been in contact with anyone who may have coronavirus but we can’t. I’m scared of passing it on to my family…”
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that the government had shipped 2.6 million masks over a 24-hour period but staff are still concerned about their safety.
Meanwhile, the nation still continues to show their appreciation for the NHS and key workers every Thursday at 8pm.
— Miss Randall (@MissRandallMus) April 30, 2020