Dr Alex George has given another first-hand report from the frontline of the current coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Sky News after another ’emotionally challenging’ A&E night shift, the former Love Island star has predicted that ‘the peak is still to come’, revealing that he lost several patients during Monday night’s shift.
Alex, 30, spoke from his hospital in Lewisham. ‘Yesterday’s shift was a particularly busy one. We had quite a few patients who were really quite unwell from coronavirus,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately, a few deaths as well which is always tough.
Frontline: Dr Alex George has given another first-hand report from the frontline of the current coronavirus pandemic
‘We’re seeing the department is getting more and more cases of coronavirus and we’re expecting that to continue over the next few weeks. I think the peak is still to come.’
He went on: ‘We saw a huge number of cases, particularly very unwell cases. What shocks us sometimes is that of course we’re seeing a very skewed part of the population. We’re seeing a small percentage very unwell, 90 per cent are recovering in their own homes.
‘But we are seeing young people who are very unwell with it and that can be very challenging. We’re only human.
‘There are young patients, who don’t have underlying conditions. It’s very upsetting for the patient and for us as well.
Concerns: Speaking to Sky News after another ’emotionally challenging’ A&E night shift, the former Love Island star has predicted that ‘the peak is still to come’, revealing that he lost several patients during Monday night’s shift
‘Of course I would say that is a rarity, most people who are fit and well will recover from mild to moderate symptoms, but there is no guarantee of that.’
He added: ‘At some points over the last few weeks we’ve had 20 or 30 patients in intensive care with coronavirus.
‘There’s always a limit to how many beds we’ve got, but we’re not at that point yet and we are coping very well with the pressure.
‘There’s been a few scares, but we’ve not run out of resources in our department. We are trying to make sure we’re as geared up as possible.’
Taking to Instagram as he signed off his shift, he told his 1.3 million followers: ‘It’s been a hard shift. Challenging emotionally. Time for bed. Night all.’
The day before, he shared a snap of a thank you card a little girl made him over the weekend – which left him moved to tears.
He posted the sweet drawing of him in uniform to Instagram – gifted to him as he continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis with the rest of the NHS.
Alex admitted that he ‘sobbed’ over the adorable card.
Emotional: Dr Alex shared a snap of a thank you card a little girl made him over the weekend – which left him moved to tears
Taking to Instagram on Saturday, alongside an image of the drawing, Alex penned: ‘This was made by a lovely little girl who wanted to say thank you to NHS staff for their fight against the coronavirus.
‘Needless to say I have been sobbing away at how cute this is. We are in this together. Lets do this. Thank you little Emma this has made my day x’
He posted a video in which he said: ‘A lot of you might have realised I am living by myself during this period going from A&E to home and keeping away from everyone, as I don’t want to give [girlfriend] Amelia an illness.
‘In the NHS or any other health care system around the world, I know a lot of us like myself are isolating alone and I know that can be not ideal, and lonely even.
Moved: The former Love Island star, 30, shared a snap of a sweet drawing of him in uniform as he revealed the kind gesture left him emotional
Taking to Instagram on Saturday, alongside an image of the drawing, Alex penned: ‘This was made by a lovely little girl who wanted to say thank you to NHS staff for their fight against the coronavirus’
‘But we’re in it so together and I just wanted to say to anyone that feels that way, you are not alone.’
Alex has pleaded with fans to follow government guidance surrounding coronavirus as he continues to work on the frontline.
Taking to Instagram on Sunday, he shared a picture in his protective gear as he got to work on another shift at his hospital in Lewisham.
In an impassioned video, Dr Alex stated: ‘It’s so important that everyone is staying at home, washing their hands and those in the vulnerable categories are doing their very best to isolate…
‘My spirits are high, I feel we have enough protective equipment on the frontline to do out jobs as safely as possible.’
Separated: The A&E doctor has been practising what he preaches, revealing that he has been living apart from his girlfriend Amelia Bath in order to reduce the risk of infection
Updates: He has been updating his fanbase on social media from the frontline
Days ago Amelia publicly praised her boyfriend for the work he’s been doing during the pandemic.
Alongside a picture of their two shadows, she penned: ‘This afternoon I painted a mirror in the sunshine whilst drinking wine and listening to the Beach Boys. Meanwhile, Alex ran around Lewisham hospital treating Covid-19 patients.
‘I’m so proud of him and I’m endlessly grateful for all the NHS staff and key workers who are working tirelessly during such uncertain times.’
It comes days after Alex urged the NHS to provide complimentary car parking to all staff during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Meal for one: ‘A lot of you might have realised I am living by myself during this period going from A&E to home and keeping away from everyone, as I don’t want to give Amelia an illness’
With over 20,000 extra employees being called to help the fight against COVID-19, Alex has called for ‘hospital car parks to be free’, as a worker’s vehicle was clamped after they were forced to park at their local leisure centre.
The media personality, who returned to his career as an A&E doctor in November 2018, wrote on Twitter on Sunday evening: ‘Controversial but maybe this is a good time for hospital car parks to be free for NHS staff? Retweet if you agree.’
Alex admitted he was left emotional when he received a message which agreed with his statement: ‘Should be free anyway. Bournemouth hospital staff parked at the local leisure centre, which is CLOSED, came out to find themselves clamped!!’ [sic]
Earlier in the day, he thanked McDonald’s for announcing its closure until further notice from Monday.
Alongside the company’s statement, the TV star shared: ‘I know this will disappoint many but the right decision has been made [clapping hands sign].’
All in this together: ‘We’re in it so together and I just wanted to say to anyone that feels that way, you are not alone’