Released June 4th 2020
A unique and personal insight into the NHS response to COVID-19 from those on the frontline at our local hospital Nevill Hall, Abergavenny.
All royalties in aid of NHS Charities including Wales Air Ambulance.
‘It felt like the videos you see of what happens just before a tsunami hits; when the tide goes out, the sea disappears and everything goes eerily quiet. The public were on lockdown and although we’d had a trickle of patients enter the hospital, with elective operating ceased and most people ‘scared’ to attend, the hospital entered a rare phase of quiet and calm. We wondered if the wave would ever hit us. We didn’t want it to as we’d seen the pictures from Italy of how badly their hospitals had been smashed, but equally we were poised, trained and ready to give our best if it hit, when it hit. And it hit.’
Nestled in the quiet market town of Abergavenny sits Nevill Hall district general hospital. This is the story, in words and pictures, of how its dedicated team of professional staff, with their eight-bed Intensive Care Unit and a posse of willing recruits, faced up to the challenge of COVID-19. With photographs by Operating Department Practitioner Glenn Dene and words by ITU Consultant Dr Ami Jones MBE and the staff of the hospital, this book celebrates the remarkable team that came together to serve their community. From professional challenges to personal fears, all is revealed as the staff of Nevill Hall invite you to meet the people who donned their masks to help.
This book is produced with the kind permission and support of Nevill Hall Hospital and the NHS.