Nurse ‘could have walked away’ over stress of pandemic

  • Chris Easom
  • February 3, 2021

A nurse has said she reached the point where she “could have walked away” from the stress of the Covid pandemic but had to stay for her patients.

Mel Kerr, 26, currently works at Lincoln County Hospital and has been in the NHS for five years.

She said: “Yesterday, I didn’t even have the energy to say I am OK, because I am not.”

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust thanked staff “for everything they have done to help us keep patients safe.”

Ms Kerr, who is branch chairwoman for the Royal College of Nursing, said about one in nine staff in her trust were off sick with Covid and non-Covid-related illness, including stress, depression and anxiety.