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“There are no more surgeons, urologists, orthopaedists — we are only doctors who suddenly become part of a single team to face this tsunami that has overwhelmed us.” - Dr Daniele Macchini, Bergamo, Italy

A pandemic diary of an Intensive Care Consultant at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

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What's in a Name?

Friday 27th March 2020 We have divided the Intensive Care medical staff into 4 teams to deliver a 'surge rota' to allow rotating teams of...

Close to Home

Thursday 26th March 2020 My good friend Gary has been admitted to ICU down in London. He became unwell five days after returning from an...

Nicky's First Night Shift

Thursday 26 March 2020 COVID Figures for 25 March UK Deaths 43 / Total 465 James Cook Hospital Critical Care - 10 cases (3 suspected) / 5...

Round Two

Tuesday 24th March 2020 Briefly saw Nicky, my wife, for a few minutes at handover before heading home after my first night shift. Nicky...

Lets Go To Work

Monday 23 March 2020 Night shift. First one in many, many years. I've been taking part in an 'on-call' rota for the past 17 years I have...

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