DOCTOR Alex George is bright, brave and battling Covid-19 on the front line.
He’s one of the NHS heroes having to cope with gruelling shifts, unprecedented numbers of seriously ill patients, and sadly, far too many deaths.
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Dr Alex works as an emergency medical doctor in Lewisham, South East London, and is right in the middle of the current crisis.
I’m not quite sure exactly how this fine young man found himself among the show-offs and desperados on Love Island two years ago.
Maybe he simply got on the wrong plane, but he is one of the few to emerge from the experience with his dignity intact, and went right back to working as a medic.
I’m not the only one to have a deep respect for him, all the more so because of how open Alex has been about the physical and mental struggles he’s been going through while having to deal with Covid-19 at the coal face.
Like all our NHS workers and those astonishing care home grafters, Alex’s life consists of long, long hours at work before heading home to rest then getting up to do it all over again.
It must be utterly exhausting and draining, and just because they’re trained professionals doesn’t mean they don’t suffer the same anxiety and fears as the rest of us.
In fact it must be even more frightening, because every single time Alex and his colleagues turn up for work they know they are putting their lives on the line, and they have seen colleagues make the ultimate sacrifice and die in the line of duty.
It poses the question: Who cares for the carers?
We’ve seen nurses, doctors, care home workers, police officers, our Armed Forces, paramedics and all of the auxiliary staff, the beating heart of our hospitals, being stretched to their very limits.
Their sense of duty and sheer humanity is humbling, but we also need to continue to do our bit to help.
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What struck me was how much Dr Alex and his colleagues appreciate the gestures of help and support from the public.
Whether it’s food deliveries, baskets of home-baked muffins or just a simple home-made thank you card with a rainbow on the front, it can make all the difference.
The Thursday night Clap For Carers, when we come out of our homes and applaud those in the eye of the storm is so important to Dr Alex and all the front-line workers across the country, and gives a huge boost to their morale.
Dr Alex told me that he and his colleagues often go to work with more of a spring in their step on a Thursday night or Friday morning because they know how grateful and thankful we are for the work they do to treat patients.
When all this is over these knackered workers will need a lot of help to cope with the emotional toll of this pandemic.
Funds will need to be found for professional counselling, but also an even greater understanding and a profound change in our attitudes when it comes to mental health issues.
Along with a strengthened sense of community, maybe that change will be one of the few positives to come out of this crisis.
And of course, right now we must continue to show our appreciation of Dr Alex and all these other fantastic men and women who are saving lives and keeping us safe.
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