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Struggle: Sister Mairead Boyd at the Covid ward in the South West Acute Hospital

Struggle: Sister Mairead Boyd at the Covid ward in the South West Acute Hospital

Struggle: Sister Mairead Boyd at the Covid ward in the South West Acute Hospital

Mairead Boyd remembers last summer and thinking the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen might have avoided the worst of the Covid-19 crisis. She was wrong. The worst was still to come.

The Fermanagh and Omagh district has been hard hit by the virus's second onslaught this winter, and the ward sister has spoken of the stresses she and colleagues have been facing every day on the Covid ward.

Watching the rapid deterioration of patients of all ages with Covid, hearing the grim daily death toll and having to exclude families from visiting loved ones coupled with extra long and additional shifts have taken their toll. But they are now part and parcel of a nurse's life, explained Mairead.


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