Covid 19 front line info

9 posts / 0 new
Last post
flaps7
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 56 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014
Covid 19 front line info

My daughter is a physio specialising in respiratory. Her usual workload is in High Dependency and Intensive Care units. She is now working exclusively with Covid 19 cases; suspected and confirmed. They currently have 15 confirmed and 30 suspect cases on the units. In her hospital there is no shortage of suitable protective clothing and no talk of going on strike, as widely reported in the press. She is finding the workload quite a slog, in particular wearing a mask for about 4 hours a day as it leaves pressure marks which are a bit painful, plus it is not overly comfortable breathing through these things for 4 hours. NHS admin seems a little odd. After swabbing (or whatever it is they do) a suspected case they send these off; confirmed cases are phoned through in around 24 hours. A negative case takes 3 days to advise. All suspected cases are kept on a ward of 4, so if 1 of the 4 is confirmed and the other 3 are negative it is highly likely that the other 3, if retested, would be positive. They are not retested. To date all cases admitted have underlying health issues although in some cases not a serious issue. She tells me there is nothing they can do for those poor people with the virus other than assist them in the fight. So now my gripe (which my daughter is sick of hearing as she wants to do what she does). She had to have good A level results to be accepted on the course, followed by 3 years at uni with no summer holiday as this time was used for placement training. She has a uni debt and her pay after 3 years is about half that of a fcuking train driver who gets paid while training. My daughter works shifts and is on an on-call roster which gives her something like £25 if she gets called in. She has to be able to get to the hospital within 30 minutes of a call, under her own transport, no taxis.  I have also seen that TFL have a third of their staff off, self-isolating. In my daughter’s case it is a quarter of the front line staff. These are people in direct contact with the virus and not someone isolated in a cab. It boils my blood the perverted values society puts on pay, which is probably why I’ll never get the virus.

Rick

 

 

 

Rick

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay's picture
Online
Last seen: 2 min 52 sec ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Exactly. Please thank her from me.

Except for:

NHS admin seems a little odd. After swabbing (or whatever it is they do) a suspected case they send these off; confirmed cases are phoned through in around 24 hours. A negative case takes 3 days to advise. 

Those tests are almost certainly currently being done by Public Health England, not the NHS. This may look like a trivial difference but it means that the computerised flow of requests and structured reports etc isn't already in place and available to be extended for this purpose. That's what I've been working on for the last few days.

Jonathan

flaps7
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 56 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Daughter has put in an extra 3 hours today due to workload. She will work a 12 hour night shift tomorrow, this is not a planned work pattern and all the medical staff are doing their utmost to keep things moving. There are currently 30 confirmed cases with 18 'tubed'. The pressure is for the want of skilled staff needed to support those patients tubed as they usually deal with considerably less. It is clearly going to get worse. She tells me that the situation is increasing quite dramatically and feels that tomorrow night will be very difficult with staff already working at full-belt.

Rick

twincamtim
twincamtim's picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 hours 28 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Rick, I completely sympathise. My daughter is also a physio, only a few years out of Uni and currently on a cardiothoracic ward but to do with cancer patients. They have been told they may be called on to deal with Covid-19 patients at any time if there are staff shortages....but the PPE is currently incomplete.

I agree with your sentiments about our values and pay. These things must change after we have dealt with this emergency situation. 

Derek Batty
Derek Batty's picture
Offline
Last seen: 50 min 47 sec ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Thanks to all we cannot thank them enough ,they are at the front line ,,,and need supporting as much as poss ,when you think of all the public services ,,,police ,,fire ,,nurses ect ,, think the nurses  come of worst ,,, but think most people would put them first,,,,especially now ,,,forgot the armed forces,,who to me are well underpaid ,,and when they leave the service ,, are not looked after as they should be ,,,we care more about the ones in prison and there rights ,,,,crap 

derek 

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay's picture
Online
Last seen: 2 min 52 sec ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

My daughter is also a physio, only a few years out of Uni and currently on a cardiothoracic ward but to do with cancer patients.

Please thank her as well.

Jonathan

StevehS3
StevehS3's picture
Online
Last seen: 2 min 27 sec ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

My eldest is moving to front line from her practice nurse role. She has special training on respiratory as well. She has decided to accept the offer to stay at a hotel until it is over to protect her household - so probably a few months. 

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay's picture
Online
Last seen: 2 min 52 sec ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

And please thank her.

Are any of those support measures such as special opening hours and queues in shops helping?

Jonathan

 

flaps7
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 56 min ago
Joined: 17/04/2014

Daughter just back from her stint. 4 more confirmed cases, less than she thought there would be. They now have 19 tubed, with one death. Those tubed are mainly with other health issue and typically; high BMI, diabetic, high blood pressure and MALE. Of the 700 front line staff who are not available, 500 are away for Coronavirus related reasons this has almost doubled over 3 days. Interestingly A&E has NEVER been so quiet. Lots of 'goodies' have donated by companies such as Pret, Costa, etc which is much appreciated by all. My daughter has not had to use the special time set aside by supermarkets as she has found most things she needs.

Rick