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.
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.