NHS Heroes who saw “whole families pass away” have a memorial dedicated to them.
THE DAILY EXPRESS has launched a campaign to create a memorial for NHS Heroes, the health and care workers who died fighting Covid. Here are some of the reasons why they should never be forgotten.
As the truth of Covid’s first wave sank home, shattered nurse Rebecca O’Dwyer would wake up at 3 a.m. every night. 18 months later, she warned that anti-vaxxers who refuse to get lifesaving vaccines are putting more people at danger as the virus continues to wreak havoc. Staff at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust are once again fearful for their safety.
“We’ve had trouble with vaccine uptake in the area because there is skepticism around it,” said lead nurse Rebecca, 49. The staff is nervous and worried about another peak.”
She’s worried about how much more an intensive care unit (ICU) team can handle after seeing the results of a survey on the mental impact.
“The duration of exposure to that degree of stress was extreme,” she said.
Even when the peaks fade, the pace of work remains high as we work through the backlog. We’re all concerned about the resiliency of employees who have already been through so much.”
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Rebecca, who has been in the army for 30 years and lives in Staffordshire with her orthopaedic surgeon girlfriend Emma, has seen the toll that long shifts have taken on her coworkers.
She refused to take sick leave until October, when she eventually had spinal surgery. And now she’s advocating for improved psychological care for frontline employees who are still hurting from the pandemic’s toil. “We need to see sufficient investment in intensive care,” she stated. And we’ll need continual help because once one source of stress on employees is relieved, another emerges.
“Staff are not allowed to take a break. Every ICU ward needs to have incorporated psychological assistance to enable staff recover from their experiences while also providing improved support to patients.
“At the start of wave one, I was the most terrified since we didn’t know how bad it would be. I was terrified in an unfathomable sense. Boris’s admission to critical care brought back memories for me, and it made it all the more real.
“I recall crying at my coffee table before driving into work,” says Brinkwire Summary News.