London group gives free meals to nurses fighting pandemic

24/3/2020 4:03:00 AM

The group, called Critical NHS, gets food from local businesses and delivers it three times a day to nurses and other frontline staff.

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The group, called Critical NHS, gets food from local businesses and delivers it three times a day to nurses and other frontline staff. FMTNews FMTLifestyle

The group, called Critical NHS, gets food from local businesses and delivers it three times a day to nurses and other frontline staff.

The volunteers called Critical NHS deliver free meals three times a day to nurses and other frontline staff at St George’s Hospital in south London. (Reuters pic)Many British people revere the National Health Service and the free care it provides.Critical NHS, the volunteer group, was set up on Thursday by husband and wife Niall Barrett and Janneke Diemel, who were responding to an appeal from a senior nurse at St George’s to “drop off a box of biscuits or something the staff can snack on.”

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By - March 24, 2020 9:00 AM The volunteers called Critical NHS deliver free meals three times a day to nurses and other frontline staff at St George’s Hospital in south London.By - March 23, 2020 11:00 AM Malaysian healthcare workers are putting their wellbeing and even their lives on the line in their fight against Covid-19.- COMMENT | Dear Malaysians.US professor who returned from Sabah trip praises Malaysia’s effort in fighting Covid-19 pandemic Monday, 23 Mar 2020 04:19 PM MYT BY ANNE GRACE SAVITHA Jason Hassenstab and wife Margaret wearing face masks at the Lahad Datu airport in Sabah.

(Reuters pic) LONDON: As Covid-19 deaths surge in Britain, a group of London volunteers has set up a catering service to provide free meals for hard-pressed nurses at a major public hospital fighting the pandemic. The group, called Critical NHS, gets food from local businesses and delivers it three times a day to nurses and other frontline staff at St George’s Hospital in south London. Their hours are long, yet healthcare workers work tirelessly to ensure the safety of their fellow Malaysians, even if it means putting their own well-being at risk. Many British people revere the National Health Service and the free care it provides. Now, it is becoming much clearer. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday that the NHS could be “overwhelmed” by the coronavirus in just two weeks. The project by Team 106, called “Meals4Medics”, aims to keep frontline healthcare workers nourished and energised for the fight against the pandemic. As of Sunday, 281 people with Covid-19 had died in the United Kingdom. “In the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), information banners with written and visual guidance were hung everywhere while staff officers wore masks and provided hand sanitisers at counters.

The government said there are 5,683 confirmed cases, with London hardest hit. “They’re working 12 to 14 hours a day without breaks, and by the end of their shifts, many of them don’t even manage to get a good meal because of the partial lockdown. Critical NHS, the volunteer group, was set up on Thursday by husband and wife Niall Barrett and Janneke Diemel, who were responding to an appeal from a senior nurse at St George’s to “drop off a box of biscuits or something the staff can snack on.” “Our first run was 20 pizzas,” said Barrett. Meals4Medics aims to provide frontline healthcare staff with hot and healthy meals after long hours of work. “The nurses loved that, they were so appreciative. And then it kept growing and growing. The project has already reached out to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Sungai Buloh, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan Kuantan and Hospital Pulau Pinang. Hassenstab also mentioned in his post that his family and him were screened upon returning because they had visited Malaysia and Singapore, but other passengers coming from countries such as Japan, UK, and other EU countries “passed through without further screening or protection measures.

” Barrett and Diemel, who run a golf travel company, were quickly joined by two part-time coaches from Battersea Ironsides, a local rugby club. Other local people have offered to drive, donate and run the Twitter account.com, Meals4Medics raised over RM13,000 in under 24 hours. A crowdfunding account set up on PayPal raised 22,000 pounds in just four days. Barrett said many nurses were too busy to buy food, or found their usual eating places had closed. Every ringgit donated by members of the public will make a difference in the lives of those who have given up so much in the fight against the pandemic, said Dr Lim. Beyond incredible Local pubs and restaurants donate meals or sell them cheaply.” Lance Burditt, on the other hand said: “Glad all of you made it home safely.

Then the volunteers at Critical NHS deliver the meals to the hospital’s general intensive care unit, where it is distributed to nurses, ambulance crew, porters and other staff.” Head to to donate to Meals4Medics. By sourcing the food locally, he said the group hopes to help hard-hit small businesses stay afloat. “Part of the ethos is to buy from local businesses,” said Barrett. CLICK FOR THE LATEST DATA ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN MALAYSIA Subscribe to our newsletter and get news delivered to your mailbox. “Then we can support them and support the nurses at the same time.” A Chinese restaurant and a pizzeria sold the group food at half price, while a pub gave it 40 Sunday roasts – a British tradition – at cost.

“The support has been beyond incredible,” wrote Anthea Allen, the senior nurse at St George’s who made the original appeal, in an email thanking the community. She said the staff “have been kept afloat by this support. They no longer have to bring their meals to work. We have shared food with the wards who are also caring for Covid patients.” Covid is short for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Flush with donations, the volunteers plan to to set up a food bank at St George’s where nurses can get pasta, eggs, milk, tampons and other basic supplies. Last week a video on social media showed an exhausted nurse driven to tears after finding shelves bare after her shift at a critical care unit in York. Critical NHS is also earmarking money to pay for hotels for nurses who can’t get home between shifts, and said it had received requests to extend its services to another London hospital. With over 9,000 staff, St George’s University Hospitals, the NHS trust that runs the hospital, says it is the largest healthcare provider in southwest London. At the back of its sprawling grounds in Tooting is a special unit to deal with cases of the coronavirus.

Another group, called Clap For Carers, is calling for all Britons to applaud at 8 pm on March 26 to show NHS staff “our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against this virus.” CLICK FOR THE LATEST DATA ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN MALAYSIA Subscribe to our newsletter and get news delivered to your mailbox. .