A MAN who ended up in intensive care with coronavirus has pleaded with others – particularly men – not to “soldier on” if they are seriously ill.

Stewart Boyle had been ill for about ten days when his wife and daughters called NHS 111.

The 64-year-old was in an ambulance in an hour and made it to hospital “in the nick of time”. He is now recuperating at home but said there were a few hours when it was “touch and go”.

Mr Boyle, who lives near Lewes, said he was one of 15 people who caught the virus at a community choir, even though they kept their distance. Within three days they all had symptoms.

He had been in good health and said his illness was like normal flu for the first five or six days, before he was overwhelmed with a “deep fatigue” and his lungs were unable to cope.

Mr Boyle said NHS staff were “absolutely fantastic”

He said after ten days he was too ill decide what he should do but his family could hear his shortness of breath.

In respiratory intensive care at hospital in Haywards Heath, Mr Boyle was given treatment including oxygen and antibiotics by “absolutely fantastic” staff.

He told the BBC: “There’s a certain point where, if it’s not going away, and for me it was day ten, you need to ask for help. You can’t do it on your own. You do need help. You do need to shout. With NHS 111, you’ll get an assessment pretty quickly and if it’s serious they’ll help you. If it’s not, that’s fine, but just don’t soldier on.”