Love Island star Dr Alex George says he hasn’t seen a new case of coronavirus at his hospital in ‘many weeks’, but reveals they have experienced a surge in patients battling mental health.
The 27-year-old has continued working at University Hospital Lewisham in south London throughout the pandemic.
He was impressed to see the majority of the country adhering to social distancing rules while enjoying their first visits to pubs during Super Saturday last weekend, and was even one of them going for dinner at his favourite local restaurant.
‘What we’re really doing is asking people to use their common sense because we don’t want to go back to the scenes of March and April,’ Alex told Metro.co.uk referring to the Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year.
The former reality star continued: ‘I really wanted to go, A, because I haven’t been to a restaurant in a really long time, and B, I wanted to see what it was actually like. I was actually really impressed, it was really well planned. I booked my slot in advance, and was taken straight to the table which was already cleaned.
‘I was there with one other person. It worked really well and in a lot of ways, I actually thought it was better than what was there before.
‘You sit there, order your pint of beer and it comes to you. What could be better?’
Interestingly, Alex notes that he’s barely seen any new coronavirus admissions at the Lewisham hospital, but sadly is beginning to see a spike in those seeking treatment for their mental health.
‘I personally, as an individual, haven’t seen a case of coronavirus that I’m aware of for many weeks,’ he explained.
‘People have done a really good job with that because if you think back to March, April, all I was seeing was coronavirus cases, a huge number, all day as many patients as we could see. It’s a completely different scenario [now] and we are foreseeing an increase in mental health cases.
‘We’re not surprised about that because a lot of people have been stuck in doors, they’ve had their routines changed and those kind of things really impacted people’s mental health.’
Alex has called for greater care and attention to mental health services but also hopes the medical professionals who have fought on the frontlines over the past few months aren’t forgotten either.
‘Of course, it’s not just mental health patients in the community, it’s also staff as well,’ he explained.
Alex added: ‘There will be a fallout and people have seen things that are horrific to see and it’s really important we are looking after those people as well – the staff, nurses, doctors, everyone who’s been involved in patient care.’
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