An off-duty Nurse ended up spending five hours in Accident & Emergency with an elderly gentleman who was suspected of having COVID-19 after he crashed into her car.
Lucy Duncan, 24, had just finished a 12-hour shift at Wigan hospital when she was struck by another car as she made her way home.
Ms Duncan immediately went to the driver’s side of the car that had collided with her and saw the elderly male “slumped” over his steering wheel as he struggled to breathe.
Nurse Duncan called 999 and waited with the male until help arrived.
Once an emergency ambulance crew had treated and stabilised the male, Nurse Duncan then accompanied him to A&E to keep him company and to comfort him.
Nurse Duncan said:
“The man was so grateful that I stayed with him and kept squeezing my hand and pulling it close to him”.
Lucy’s boss described her as “a superstar”.
Nurse Duncan had just finished her 7th consecutive 12-hour shift when the collision happened on Thursday at around 19:45 hours in Abram.
“He grabbed my arm and kept apologising, and said he thought he had coronavirus.
“He was grey and sweating, and struggling to breathe – he looked really ill.”
The male, who was in his 70s, explained to Nurse Duncan that he had been in isolation for more than one week but that he had been forced to leave his address to buy food.
“So I called an ambulance and followed him in my own car, and stayed with him for five hours wearing full PPE.
“I don’t think I did anything out of the ordinary, but a lot of people have told me they wouldn’t have done it.
“I just want to go back and see him, and know that he’s OK.”
Simon Barber, chief executive at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said:
“She is everything we could possibly want our staff to be and is a shining example of true NHS compassion in these difficult times.”
Lucy’s family has now moved out of their family home as she waits to see if she develops any symptoms of COVID-19.
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