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Two generations of the same family fight coronavirus together at Frimley Park Hospital

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Two generations of the same family fight coronavirus together at Frimley Park Hospital

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 10:57am 30th May 2020.

Two generations of the same family have been working alongside each other at Frimley Park Hospital. 

60-year-old specialist colorectal nurse Debbie is joined by her two sons, 28-year-old assistant physiotherapist Jack, 32-year-old psychiatric doctor. and her 33-year-old daughter-in-law Roxanne, a junior doctor in ED.

They have spoken of their pride in fighting coronavirus together. 

 

Even though the family all work in different departments they often find themselves working directly alongside each other to help patients. 

The family have all been working at Frimley Park for a number of years.

Jack, Peter and Roxanne were all born there as well as Debbie's third son who is  GP in York.

Debbie said:

“I get very excited when I see them. Of course, at this worrying time they are working with Covid patients, we all are, and I often have to refer some of my patients to see Peter.

“And if I am on the wards I see Jack working with my patients.

And with Roxanne, when I go down to A&E to see patients, it is lovely to see her there.

“I am a proud mum and I love them all working here."

The family say the support for the Trust from the public has been ‘emotional’.

Debbie said: “We are very grateful but we are just doing our normal jobs, and we are happy to be working at Frimley.”

Roxanne added: “I have worked some tough shifts recently, and the night shifts are particularly tough, and going into work you can feel a bit down and you walk past the rainbows and thank-yous and you think, ‘Okay, I can do this’.”

With lockdown gradually being eased across the UK, Peter said it is okay to be struggling:

“It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and it is definitely okay to talk to someone if you are in a bad place.”

“It’s really important during lockdown to make sure we are getting out,” Jack said.

“It’s very easy to stay inside.

"And it is important to ensure you are getting some form of exercise, even just going out for a walk. It’s good for your fitness and your mental health.”