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Coronavirus patient at Treliske makes emotional thank you to staff

Coronavirus patient at Treliske makes emotional thank you to staff

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:34am 29th April 2020. (Updated at 7:34am 29th April 2020)

A coronavirus patient in Cornwall has opened up about what it is like being treated for Covid-19 in hospital.

Alan Rowe from Falmouth is currently being treated at Treliske Hospital after being rushed into intensive care.

His wife had to call 111 and an ambulance was sent to take him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Luckily the granddad is now on the road to recovery and he has now been moved onto the ward.

Alan is thanking the NHS staff who have helped him through a tough time.

"The Sunday morning in the early hours my wife rang 111, it was a superb service they gave me some good advice and advised me to go to hospital.

"The ambulance service was brilliant and I got to Treliske and since then it's been absolutely brilliant.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, sorry I'm a bit emotional, but the ICU supported me, and it was a challenge but I tried to play my part and they played theirs and they are really great people, and I thank them.

"I've got lovely kids, brothers, my wife and grandchildren who all kept me going.

"If I can give anyone any help, stick at it, it will be alright, it'll be alright."

Alan Rowe, Covid-19 patient at Treliske

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The Royal Cornwall Hospital says it is ready to help the people of Cornwall during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The intensive care unit has been preparing for a possible influx it patients. Usually it can cater for nine ventilated patients, but thanks to help from partners it now has enough ventilators for over 60 patients.

Staff at Treliske say the hospital has the capacity to be able to stretch to reach a demand that is anticipated.

The critical care team is reassuring the people of Cornwall that they are ready for any eventuality and they will give patients the best care that they possibly can.

"We are ready and able to accept patients. We have had lots of training and up-skilling of additional staff in the hospital

"Our staff here on critical care have been exceptional in their teaching and there is training running every single day to make sure staff are ready.

"We've been able to expand into ward areas to extend our critical care space and we've had lots of people ordering kit and equipment, to make sure every space we have for a patient has everything it needs in it."

Lisa Niemand, Matron for Critical Care at Treliske

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