Patients at Derriford Hospital suffering from coronavirus have been praised for their bravery in taking part in trials for a new drug.

The anti-viral drug Remdesivir is now being used across the world, and was recently approved by the NHS to treat Covid-19. It is the first drug to be licensed for this use in the UK.

The trial in Plymouth was part of a global study across North America and Europe.

Medical staff at the Plymouth Hospital are now thanking patients for their participation, saying without their courage to take part in the trial for the drug, it could have taken longer to get approval for it.

The drug is now being used worldwide for the treatment of coronavirus.

For those patients to be willing to say: 'I will do it, I will step forward and be a part of the trial', is an enormous step on their part at a time when they are feeling at their most vulnerable.

John Corcoran, Consultant Chest Physician, Derriford Hospital