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Sue Ryder charity in desperate appeal for more Personal Protective Equipment to help care for the seriously ill

Sue Ryder nurses and doctors only have a few days of supplies left. Credit: ITV News

Doctors and nurses caring for some of the West Country's most vulnerable people at Sue Ryder hospices say they have not got enough Personal Protective Equipment to cope.

The charity has issued an urgent appeal for more gowns, aprons, masks with visors, goggles and gloves because there is not enough to last more than a few days.

Nurses lay out some of the protective equipment that is in short supply. Credit: ITV News

It's to protect the patients and enable us to be with the patients at their bedside and give them all the care that they need. Their personal care, their painkillers and medications, their food... We need to be there and fully equipped to protect all of us.

– Debbie Williams, Head of Clinical Services

Some of the Sue Ryder patients in the latter stages of their lives are now showing coronavirus symptoms.

Others, like Frank Skinner, who is cared for at the Sue Ryder hospice in Gloucestershire, are in isolation and prevented from seeing visitors.

He has terminal cancer and knows that there will almost certainly be no friends or family by his bedside when he dies.

Sue Ryder hospice patient Frank Skinner is calling for staff to get the equipment they need. Credit: ITV News

The Sue Ryder teams must have the facilities they need to manage the coronavirus as well as the patients' illnesses.

Please, please help them to get them [protective equipment].

– Frank Skinner