Colleagues fear the lack of appropriate personal protective equipment at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow resulted in the nurse contracting Covid-19
A nurse treating coronavirus patients at a British hospital has been diagnosed with the deadly disease.
The breast care specialist at Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow is understood to have been admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Colleagues have raised concerns she may have contracted Covid-19 due to a lack of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
The nurse’s condition is unknown, however.
The Beatson is where some of Scotland’s most vulnerable patients are treated.
A staff member at the centre told Daily Record : We are not allowed to use masks unless a patient shows signs of having the virus or is confirmed as having Covid-19.
This doesnt protect us or the patients.
She said that even when symptoms are shown or a diagnosis is made, they are told to use only paper masks, not the water-resistible ones which are recommended.
A nurse in Scotland is understood to be being treated in hospital after contracting coronavirus (Image: Getty Images)
The source said: Patients who have found out about the nurse being infected have been calling up and asking questions about whether they should come for treatment or not.
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board said its staff’s “welfare is paramount” during the growing crisis”.
We completely understand this is an anxious time for people working in the NHS and want to reassure our staff that their welfare is paramount as we deal with the Covid-19 situation, the board said in a statement.
It went on to say guidance had been followed on the virus from Health Protection Scotland in terms of appropriate PPE for staff.
But added: We are unable to confirm information of any Covid-19 cases within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
It comes after the armed forces were drafted in to help manage and distribute supplies to frontline NHS staff battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was calling for 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS
Hospital trusts have been told they will be receiving deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE) around the clock with the army being brought in to support the supply chain.
NHS England said this week “millions more items” of PPE had been delivered over the last few days to hospitals, ambulance trusts and care homes among others.
The UK saw its biggest daily rise in deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday, with a further 87 fatal cases including 21 in one London hospital trust alone.
That’s an almost 26 per cent increase in 24 hours, taking the UKs total death toll from 335 to 422.
The figures include 21 deaths at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, including Northwick Park hospital which announced last week it was running out of critical care beds and asked nearby facilities to take on some of its patients.
Yesterday’s deaths ranged in age from 33 to 103 – with all were in vulnerable groups including with underlying conditions, NHS England said.
Over 8,000 people have been officially confirmed as having contracted the virus in Britain.
A press briefing yesterday saw Health Secretary Matt Hancock call for an army of 250,000 volunteers to bolster the NHS after Brits today entered the most dramatic restrictions on civil liberties in peacetime.
The virus may have already infected more than half the UK population, researchers say.
University of Oxford Professor Sunetra Gupta said it could mean less than one in a thousand people who contract the disease will need hospital treatment.