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'We're at war against an invisible army.' Senior King's Lynn medic tells of coronavirus fight



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A senior medic at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has described the battle with coronavirus as being "ike going into a war zone against an invisible army."

Officials have today revealed that a further 16 patients who had tested positive for the virus at the hospital have now been discharged, increasing the total to 91.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed deaths of patients who tested positive for the infection while at the QEH remains at 61, according to the latest data from NHS England.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.. (33638369)
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.. (33638369)

Today, the hospital's deputy medical director, Dr Govindan Raghuraman, paid tribute to the commitment of staff across the trust in dealing with the crisis.

He said: “I have been humbled and amazed at the enthusiasm, engagement and willingness from our staff across all areas to go above and beyond.

"Our patient focus has never been greater. The work of many departments across the Trust has become more intense and more crucial than ever."

Queen Elizabeth Hospital deputy medical director, Dr Govindan Raghuraman (33828065)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital deputy medical director, Dr Govindan Raghuraman (33828065)

Dr Raghuraman said the introduction of social distancing measures had included a significant fall in emergency attendances, which he said meant more resources can be directed towards treating patients with the infection.

He also noted a drop in outpatient follow-up appointments and a growth in video consultations.

He added: “Coronavirus is changing the way the hospital is functioning – we are constantly adapting and responding to daily changes.”

"Every single person here at the QEH and across the NHS and wider healthcare community is being affected by this. It’s like going into a war zone against an invisible army.

“I hope that the public will continue to take this pandemic seriously, and further still, continue to only attend hospitals if absolutely necessary now and beyond coronavirus.”



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