FIFTEEN staff on one hospital ward were struck down with coronavirus because of a lack of protective kit, according to a whistleblower nurse.
The NHS medic, who asked not to be named, said that 80% of the staff on just one ward at Arrowe Park hospital in Merseyside had been hit with the virus.
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She said: “It’s supposed to be a non-coronavirus ward but there are 15 staff now off with suspected coronavirus.
“One nurse has gone home and given it to her husband, who is now critical himself.
“Until this week we’d been given no PPE whatsoever. We were just using our usual gloves, not even paper masks.
“All the best stuff is being reserved for intensive care, which is fine, but the rest of the wards are being left to struggle.
“We are putting our lives on the lines and the government is failing us.
“People would be shocked if they saw what it was like for us in hospitals right now.”
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The nurse also claimed a lack of community testing was putting lives at risk.
She added: “People are being brought in to hospital with suspected coronavirus who don’t actually have it.
“But as soon as they are admitted to a Covid ward there is a huge chance they will get infected.
“Some people are being given a death sentence by not being tested outside hospitals.”
Arrowe Park was the first UK hospital to be used to house coronavirus patients.
Britons evacuated from virus-hit Wuhan in January spent 14 days in quarantine at the site.
A spokesperson for Wirral University Teaching Hospital, which runs Arrowe Park, said: “Staff are following Public Health England advice and self-isolating if they develop symptoms.
“This is to protect the safety of our staff and patients. During this time, we can assure you that our hospitals remain adequately staffed.
“While we don’t discuss staff members’ personal medical information, if any staff members have any concerns at all, we have established ways for these to be raised through their line manager or through a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian.
“There is adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout our Trust and staff are encouraged to wear PPE in line with national guidance.”
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