A NURSE who answered the call to rejoin the NHS today has tearfully admitted she knows she's putting her life on the line.

Laura Hindle revealed friends have told her of the horror of treating people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

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Despite that, the 38-year-old says she's ready to join the fight against coronavirus.

In a moving video, which Laura has today shared with Sun Online, she says: "I know I'm putting myself in danger.

"My friends in A&E are telling me about the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage, the workload and the lack of swabbing.

"I have several friends who have tested positive. I know I could end up a statistic as well.

"But we're in this together and we have to remain together."

Laura worked as an A&E nurse up until five years ago, but left to work at children's hospice Derian House in Chorley, Lancs.

She's now waiting to return to frontline duty at the Royal Preston Hospital.

However, like many other NHS workers, Laura hasn't yet had access to a Covid-19 test.

And the lack of testing means she has had to be especially cautious.

She said: "My stepchildren aren't coming round any more – we're using FaceTime.

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"My husband and I will be sleeping separately and I've got my own bathroom.

"I've got to help my colleagues."

Laura will be keeping a video-diary of her experiences and sharing it with the Sun.

The Laura Hyde Foundation, a nurses' charity, says it's vital that testing is ramped up to ensure nurses who want to return to work can do so safely.

Founder Liam Barnes said: "It's vital we equip our NHS heroes with the weapons to fight this virus."

'I HAVE TO HELP OUT'

Three NHS nurses have died from coronavirus. John Alagos, 23, is the youngest British medic believed to have died from Covid-19.

He collapsed and died after working a 12-hour shift.

Aimee O'Rourke, 38, also sadly passed away after treating patients.

Mum-of-three Ms O'Rourke, 38, died at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, where she worked.

Areema Nasreen, 36, died in the intensive care ward of the hospital where she had worked earlier this week.

Areema, who leaves children aged eight, 10 and 17, qualified as a staff nurse in January last year and worked at Walsall Manor Hospital's acute medical unit.

Five doctors have also died after contracting coronavirus, including 68-year-old Dr Alfa Sa'adu, mental health nurse Thomas Harvey and Dr Amged El-Hawrani, 55.

 

Mr Harvey, 57, had expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment for frontline workers, according to his family.

Britain's coronavirus death toll has risen to 4,974 today after 621 more people died.

A top doctor now says medics are 'forced to hold their breath' and using "kids' school goggles" because of the lack of PPE equipment.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, of the Doctors' Association, said there are still major issues surrounding the lack of proper kit.


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