We at Dads Unlimited recently came across this communication from a Nurse at a local school – which we thought was really hard-hitting; and so we wanted to share her sincere message…

“I have over the last few weeks or so we have sent out e-mails of guidance and information.  However today I am writing with an appeal. As an experienced Nurse I have a duty of care and responsibility to ensure that I share information in order to protect Health and keep people safe. I make no apologies for the content of my email. 

We are all facing an uncertain and worrying time and are being asked to make quite exceptional changes to our daily activities, which are themselves changing on a daily basis. This is affecting every single member of our community and something that we have not experienced in any of our lifetimes. 

Many of you may innocently be planning to avoid any distress to your children and yourselves by arranging play dates, parties and get togethers over the coming weeks and possibly months. This may also be the case for older children arranging ‘gatherings’ with their friends to pass time and keep a sense of normality.

I am requesting that you all stop and think before arranging any such event as a matter of urgency. 

Some of you will know that I am married to a GP and we have many friends who work in Health Care and medicine across the country.  Some are ITU Consultants and working in London. Yesterday we had a message from a colleague, that in South London alone, there are over 100 patients already on ventilators due to the Covid-19 virus. 

The projections from the Imperial College study, which informed the Government’s radical advice about ‘social distancing’ this week, was based on the detail that without ‘social distancing’, we are facing the prospect of many more ITU beds and ventilators being needed across  the UK.

The stark reality is that there is a shortfall of 8:1. This is real and is why we all have an important role play, even if we think it won’t affect us or our family. 

All planned, non-urgent operations are now being cancelled, hospitals are preparing for a Tsunami of cases over the coming weeks, even leading to the Health Minister announcing  today that  thousands  of Nurses and Drs are being asked to come out of retirement to help with the crisis we are facing. The peak number of deaths are expected to be around 3 months away. 

These may not be the deaths of you or your children, but they could be your parents, your grandparents or our vulnerable neighbours in the community. We can all make a difference to help avoid this eventuality by stopping the virus replicating in our community by ‘social distancing’ ourselves and our families. We know the virus replicates through close contact at places like play dates, parties, and gatherings. 

I urge you all to think very carefully about the role you can play in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Although everything is telling you to give your children some normality, fun and laughter in these unprecedented times I would ask you to consider the potential grave consequences of ignoring the advice of ‘social distancing’ for your parents, grandparents and neighbours. 

There are so many useful websites and ingenious ways to stay connected without actually physically being together. 

Please keep your distance and do your part to protect every vulnerable member of our community. I thank you in advance for taking the time to consider the detail of this email. 

Please see the link below which gives further guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people 

Stay safe.”

Zoe Jefferson (RN BSc NS)

Head of Nursing

Ashford School

COVID-19: A powerful message from a local Nurse