NHS staff forced to make heartbreaking choices about saving Covid patients

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MEDICS have told of making heartbreaking choices about saving Covid patients.

And NHS staff are increasingly having to treat colleagues who have contracted the virus.

 'Our ICU is the busiest it’s ever been'

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TV’s Dr Ranj Singh, who works at a London hospital, said: 'Our ICU is the busiest it’s ever been'Credit: ITV

A senior nurse at a West London hospital said she had made “extremely tough” decisions.

She said: “We had 28 people with another 35 on ventilation. Their average age was 62.

"We then need to decide priorities, which is awful. Four of them work for me.”

The nurse said decisions were based on oxygen levels in the blood, crucial to vital organs.

If a patient’s oxygen level dips steeply staff have to decide whether to continue treatment.

“There are only a certain amount of beds and ventilators — and doctors and nurses to treat patients,” she added.

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TV’s Dr Ranj Singh, who works at a London hospital, said: “Our ICU is the busiest it’s ever been.

"We expanded our capacity 200 per cent and we are still filling up.”

NHS London director Dr Vin Diwakar said: “The NHS has repeatedly instructed that no patient who could benefit from treatment should be denied.”

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