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Crisis as HALF of Welsh hospital’s A&E staff test positive for coronavirus

A hospital is in turmoil after half of its A&E staff contacted coronavirus, a doctor has revealed.

Dr Tim Rogerson, who is an A&E consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Wales, described how ‘around ’50 per cent’ of the hospital’s staff had now tested positive for Covid-19 as the nation continues to control the pandemic.

In a video shared by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board the doctor also revealed he had tested positive for the virus too and would be taking time off work.

He said: ‘This has obviously happened despite all of the PPE that we’ve got and all the hand washing that we’re doing but it’s probably just a likely thing that’s going to happen when we’re faced with such numbers of patients coming in with coronavirus.       

A&E consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Dr Tim Rogerson (pictured), said 'around '50 per cent' of the hospital's staff had now tested positive for Covid-19

A&E consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Dr Tim Rogerson (pictured), said 'around '50 per cent' of the hospital's staff had now tested positive for Covid-19

A&E consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Dr Tim Rogerson (pictured), said ‘around ’50 per cent’ of the hospital’s staff had now tested positive for Covid-19

The doctor at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport (pictured) said staff had contracted the virus despite all of the PPE

The doctor at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport (pictured) said staff had contracted the virus despite all of the PPE

The doctor at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport (pictured) said staff had contracted the virus despite all of the PPE

‘We’re probably up to around 50 per cent of the consultant workforce at the Gwent in A&E who have swabbed positive for the coronavirus and a similar percent in our nursing team.

‘It is proving a challenge when it’s coming to staffing the department when we are facing these numbers coming through.’ 

The doctor explained that he had displaying the ‘full house of symptoms of coronavirus’ before he was tested at his staff testing facility.

He said: ‘I was supposed to be in work last night and today but suddenly I’ve been off since Sunday with pretty much the full house of symptoms of coronavirus with the fevers, the aches, the sore throat and the lack of sense and smell.

‘I’ve managed to get swabbed through the staff testing facility which was ruthlessly efficient and the swabs have come back positive.’

The doctor also urged the public to follow the government's social distancing measures

The doctor also urged the public to follow the government's social distancing measures

The doctor also urged the public to follow the government’s social distancing measures

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board took to Facebook to share the consultant's message

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board took to Facebook to share the consultant's message

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board took to Facebook to share the consultant’s message

During his message, the consultant urged the general public to heed the government’s social distancing measures and ‘protect the NHS.’

He added: ‘All staff on the various frontlines are putting themselves into harms way when we’re dealing with patients  who have coronavirus symptoms and to a certain extent that’s our job but as we go into this bank holiday weekend the sun’s going to be shining and people are going to be tempted to breach the guidance around social distancing.

‘But what people fo this weekend will have an effect on out ICU capacity in two weeks time. It will have an effect on staff that have been put in risk and being exposed to coronavirus in a few weeks time and ultimately it’s going to have an effect on the whole hospital’s system.

‘So although it’s difficult this weekend we do really want people to comply with the guidance. To stay at home and protect the NHS.’ 

The shocking revelation comes as the UK continues to grapple with the surge in coronavirus cases which has now hit 84,279. 

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