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NHS Nightingale volunteers are told to be 'prepare to see death'

69 137 98 97 Leanna Kinross (2020-05-19)


Volunteers working at the NHS Nightingale coronavirus hospital have been told to prepare for the fact that up to 80 per cent of patients who are on ventilators will die, MailOnline can reveal.

Selfless heroes flocking to staff the emergency 4,000-bed unit in east London have been told to 'be prepared to see death', with a mortality rate of 50 to 80 per cent among those on ventilators.

There also appears to be a shortage of doctors already before it opens today, because of a lack of testing for medics, leaving senior nurse practitioners in charge on some wards.

Soldiers have played a key role in getting the unit open for business in just a week, with some comparing it to the First World War Battle of the Somme in being the biggest test of their careers. 

Number 10 defended its testing regime for NHS staff today, with the Prime minister's official spokesman saying that more than 2,000 front-line medics in England had been assessed.

'We are very clear that we want more testing to be carried out,' he added, saying that the Government has handed out Government has supplied 390 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) in last two weeks.

It came as:



Ministers were accused of 'complacence' and snubbing offers of help from labs as Boris Johnson struggles to get a grip on the UK's coronavirus testing shambles.

Nearly a fifth of small British businesses could be forced to close in the next four weeks after running out of cash amid complaints banks are refusing to give them government-backed coronavirus loans. 

It was revealed the virus was deemed only a 'moderate risk' to Britain by top scientists five weeks ago.

A British firm producing millions of pounds worth of coronavirus tests is selling most of them abroad because the UK doesn't have enough laboratories to use them.

A Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus has reportedly  disappeared sparking concerns that she has been detained by the hardline Communist regime in China.






Volunteers working at the NHS Nightingale coronavirus hospital have been told to prepare for the fact that up to 80 per cent of patients who are on ventilators will die, MailOnline can reveal







New staff queue to be allowed into the new Nightingale Hospital in the Excel Centre this morning ahead of its opening







 Soldiers have played a key role in getting the unit open for business in just a week, with some comparing it to the First World War Battle of the Somme in being the biggest test of their careers







Selfless heroes flocking to staff the emergency 4,000-bed unit in east London have been told to 'be prepared to see death', with a mortality rate of 50 to 80 per cent among those on ventilators







There also appears to be a shortage of doctors already before it opens today, because of a lack of testing for medics, leaving senior nurse practitioners in charge on some wards







It came as ministers were accused of 'complacence' and snubbing offers of help from labs today as Boris Johnson struggles to get a grip on the UK's coronavirus testing shambles















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One volunteer told the MailOnline they had been told to 'be prepared to see death', with a mortality rate of 50 to 80 per cent among those on ventilators

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