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Coronavirus: Staff applaud as 100th COVID-19 patient discharged from Royal Surrey after 11 days in hospital

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Coronavirus: Staff applaud as 100th COVID-19 patient discharged from Royal Surrey after 11 days in hospital

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:04pm 23rd April 2020.

More than 100 coronavirus patients have now been discharged from the Royal Surrey, according to the hospital.

Staff applauded as the hospital's 100th COVID-19 patient to be discharged, 37-year-old Tim Hall, made his way out to return to his Guildford home and be reunited with his family.

The trust added that as of 22 April, 115 coronavirus patients have been discharged from Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Watch the moment Tim leaves hospital:

Tim was originally rushed to the Royal Surrey by ambulance after struggling to breathe having contracted the virus and spent 11 days in hospital.

He said:

“I just remember it being difficult and hurting to breathe.

“It was horrible and really scared me.

“I will be forever grateful for the staff at the hospital – they were absolutely amazing.

“They would sit with me for hours just talking and keeping my spirits high, which made me feel more calm and positive."

Tim Hall, Royal Surrey
Once stabilised, Tim was placed on a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.

He added:

“Anything you think is worth going outside for, it’s not.

“Not when you could potentially see your children for the last time – social distancing saves lives.”

The CPAP device that Tim used, is an alternative breathing aid and unlike with ventilation, allows the patient to remain conscious and breathing independently throughout.

The trust is trialing a new version of a CPAP device that was designed by Mercedes F1 in collaboration with engineers at University College London in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is more efficient and therefore uses less oxygen.

Wendy Fuller, Matron of Compton Ward said:

“Everyone at the Trust is delighted that Tim responded well to treatment and that he can now rest and recuperate at home with his wife and children.”