Salford Royal colleagues reassure public with picture of ‘new’ ICU ward

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In a public address on Monday evening, Boris Johnson explained in no uncertain terms that, without drastic action, Britain's health service will simply be unable to cope.

New restrictions were quickly implemented in an attempt to ease the pressure on the NHS, as hospitals across the country fight a deadly pandemic that's already claimed more than 400 lives in the UK.

The strain on the health sector was made truly apparent yesterday when Secretary of State Matt Hancock took to the public stage and appealed for 250,000 volunteers.

Tens of thousands of retired medics were also asked to go back to work.

There's no denying this is the biggest challenge the NHS has ever encountered. All possible hands on deck are needed to stop an already-overstretched service from snapping entirely.

Yet, amid the chaos, there's still cause for optimism.

A picture shared on social media this week offered a peek inside Salford Royal Hospital - revealing that the NHS are being proactive in the fight against coronavirus. Staff aren't just scrambling with cases as they come in. They're doing everything they can to be ready for the next wave. There's a plan.

An NHS worker shared this image on Facebook on Sunday (22 March) in an attempt to reassure the public - reminding readers of their own responsibilities in the process.

The post reads:

"This is our surgical recovery area made up to an ICU ward.

"Just to reassure my friends and family that we no doubt have some horrible times ahead but the NHS as a whole has a plan and as always we are here to look after you all but we don't have unlimited resources nor do we have an endless supply of specifically trained staff so PLEASE help us to help you and just STAY AT HOME.

"Please, please listen to the government advice!!!!!

"Thank you and help us xxx"

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It's true that the statistics may make for grim reading over the course of the next few weeks as the virus reaches its peak. Things will probably get worse before they get better.

However, with an amazing health service and an army of volunteers behind them (more than 170,000 have raised their hand to sign up so far), there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, overcoming COVID-19 is still dependent on us following a simple instruction.

Stay inside.

The sooner we all do that, the sooner this will all be over.

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