Nurse details horrors of coronavirus ward in tearful selfie after 13-hour shift

A brave nurse fighting the coronavirus crisis has hit out at "irresponsible" Brits flouting lockdown orders in a tearful selfie.

Lucy Hutchings, 19, shared the snap after revealing she is working 13 hours a day with elderly patients, some of whom were at the end of their lives.

The Southampton healthcare assistant also says her hospital was running out of personal protective equipment (PPE), adding she is fearful of how many people she is seeing with Covid-19.

The post, which urges people to take the lockdown more seriously, has notched up 145,000 likes, comments and shares on Facebook.

Ms Hutchings said: "My normal ward has been closed down and now it's just for Covid-19 patients.

"We get people who are on end of life support and people who don't need ventilators. Lots of the patients need oxygen and most are in their late 60s to 90s.

"You can see in their eyes that some of them are in pain – they're saying they're fine, but they're not fine.

"It's really sad to see people with the virus. This is real life and watching people in pain and suffer is devastating. I'm scared and think it's going to get worse – it feels like it's only the beginning.

"We have to wear masks the whole time but we're running out of PPE. The quicker people stay indoors, the quicker it will be over.

"I'd like to stay at home and eat food and do what I want too but I can't, so for people to go against the rules it's so stupid and irresponsible. Staying home is a privilege."

Lucy is anxious about passing the virus on to her parents and brother, who she lives with, and has barely spent any time with them since the beginning of the pandemic.

While most of the patients in her ward are aged 40 and older, she said that staff at the hospital had been warned they may soon also see an influx of younger people with the potentially-fatal virus.

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And many of the wards at her hospital have now been closed so that they can be reserved for only Covid-19 patients.

Lucy said: "Since we started getting so many Covid cases, I come straight home, have a shower and go to my room.

I keep myself away from my mum, dad and brother because I don't want to pass the virus on. It's a hard thing to do and I get anxious about the whole situation.

"At first I didn't think it would come to something like this. When I go into the ward I just have to act normal but when you're putting on all your gear and about to go into the room it's like 'wow, this is what it has come to'.

"(People) think 'oh I won't get it I'll be fine' but it's not fine, it's killing hundreds of people every day. Everybody I work with is scared but they're also amazing as they do such a great job.

"This is real – this is not a joke, everyone needs to take what's being said seriously."

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