Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield spoke to Dr Larisa Corda from an ICU on This Morning as the doctor made a desperate plea to viewers as she continues to help battle coronavirus from the NHS front line. The ICU doctor issued a startling warning to people who have continued to ignore the Prime Minister’s ruling to stay at home unless completely necessary.
Addressing how busy the hospital is, she began: “It’s really busy. The ward, whereas there used to be just one or two intensive care wards, they’re now spilling all over the hospital and we’re having to take over areas like theatre spaces that would normally be used for operating during elective procedures.
“Now all of that is gone and the whole focus is really just on treating Covid positive patients.
“So the ward I’m on, every single patient has Covid and every single patient has multi-organ failure of some sort.
“So it’s deeply, deeply harrowing and there are lots of people, particularly in South-London which is where I’m based.”
The NHS doctor admitted she understood people’s frustration but reiterated how important it was they stay at home.
“The consequence of someone’s irresponsible behaviour, you know taking that car trip they don’t need to make, going out when they don’t need to go out, is someone will end up in ICU, potentially losing their life.
“We’re not just talking about one person being affected here, this is someone’s brother, someone’s son, someone’s grandad or grandma, wife.”
“There are huge consequences to these families,” she added. “I just beg everyone to please consider what they’re doing.”
“I don’t really know what more we can say on the frontline to convince you just how bad this is,” Dr Larisa remarked.
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“And how much people are struggling and how much we’re trying to cure the situation.
“But we don’t have a vaccine yet so the only cure literally is self-isolation and distancing.
“If you can do it, please, please, I beg you to do and just consider what’s going on in the NHS.”
This Morning viewers were touched by the doctor’s plea and took to Twitter to praise her and her colleagues’ efforts.