It was created so that her sick Covid-19 patient could see their loved ones. But instead of smiling brightly, or a few people waved the children on the other side of the road, this time with 45 relatives, all in one room.
“On many occasions we have to stop calling because there are a lot of relatives in a room not far from society,” Gregson said.
At the ICU in Blackburn, southwestern England, where she worked – and where eight patients died last weekend alone – violations were not the only problem she and paramedics faced.
“Nurses withdrew from the patient and ended his life [procedures] About a patient with a relative on a Zoom phone – with a husband or daughter at the end of the camera crying and saying ‘Please hold my father’s hand.’ And the next phone call could be someone bullying them. “
Last week, Blackburn had the highest infection rate in the UK. For staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, where 59 patients have died as a result of Covid-19 so far in October, the abuse only increased the risk of pain and fatigue they had to – and do – overcome.
In the ICU, where one-third of patients have died since Friday, locals who violated government regulations designed to combat the disease were just another form of contempt.
Prior to the outbreak, relatives were banned from living with those who died of Covid-19 in several British hospitals. Here, they are allowed to come and say hello – the same two people visit all the time. Even this rule is still broken.
“Some relatives came in and then swore that only these two relatives would stay,” Gregson said. “And then people were postponing all night when the nurses were not watching.”
Gregson says this makes her nurses even more frustrated, as they feel they should abide by the rules. “They’re already energized,” she explained. “And then there’s something else to deal with. It’s very, very hard.”
As the blood flow of the second coronavirus increases in the UK, the pace of events in the ICU is not hopeless, Gregson said. “You are dead and there are some [waiting] Into that bed. So there is really no time to rest. Change the bed. Next patience. “
Coronavirus rules ignored
Unrest is on the rise among workers who locals think the disease may be dismissed, or regulations designed to slow its progression.
Advisor Ian Stanley, recalling hearing a local DJ on the radio that morning, “said she would have her whole family go Christmas, and that would mean breaking the Six Rules – ‘So.’ Well, it’s good. Have your Christmas because we will not have ours. It is us who will suffer with it.
Doctors who provide national reconciliation and solidarity say their work begins the epidemic.
During the British blockade, at the height of the first wave of Covid-19, many people stood at their doorstep on Thursday evening to greet staff from the UK National Health Service (NHS). The weekly event has become known as the “Clap for Carers.”
“There was a really good picture on Facebook that said ‘Thank you so much, you stood at your door and you slapped us and now it feels like you are swinging us from behind,'” Gregson said. “That’s really our feeling. We gave up absolutely everything. And we were still called liars and we were bullied over the phone.”
The Royal Blackburn ICU – so often a quiet and peaceful place – is unusually difficult, and staff fear it will get worse on the days and weeks after the snow.
Gregson says leaving the hospital as a vacation is difficult for some nurses, because they feel they should go to the workplace for help.
And then there was the constant danger of hearing Covid-19’s “wisdom of pub”, as they tried to make the night quiet.
Dr. Bethan Gay says, “It’s not uncommon for patients at work to die in a certain way and there are still people who know nothing about the virus who say it is untrue and does not exist.”
Gay says the denial of the seriousness of the disease is particularly evident in the scale of the problem in which she works. When she started working on the ICU in August, the patient list covered two sheets of paper. Now it is five.
“Last weekend was my night [shift]”As soon as I got here, a woman came into the ward and unfortunately died almost immediately,” Ke said, remembering.
She did not have time to see the patient, but he took the dead woman’s belongings by the caretaker of the hospital, before her relatives arrived. “Giving some relatives with the bags and walking sticks of the woman who died on the bed in front of them is quite difficult. It is difficult for them, and it is difficult for us as well.”