MEDICS say they fear a potential second wave of coronavirus cases as lockdown measures ease.

They spoke as the BBC was given access to an intensive care unit at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital to see how frontline workers are coping.

Senior staff nurse Sarah Parker said the idea the situation could continue for months was “terrifying”. She added: “We don’t know what to expect but we are quite prepared, we have been for a while.

“It’s a lot of pressure. There are so many uncertainties.”

The Argus:

Cameras focused on one patient who has been in hospital for seven weeks fighting the virus. The doctor told her: “You look amazing, so much better.

"Slow and steady wins the race.”

Her husband said: “She can’t speak due to a tracheotomy to help her breathing.

"But video chats are a highlight. We’ve had about two or three calls saying ‘that could be it’ and that just tears you apart.”

The Argus:

Staff say admissions have been down but fear numbers may go back up as lockdown eases.

Dr James Yassin, an intensive care consultant, does not discuss his day with his family.

He said: “They are old enough to discuss it but we don’t.

"They know if I needed to speak to someone I wouldn’t discuss it with them.

The Argus:

"We discuss the PPE I have to wear and they tell me they are not worried about that.

"They do see how hard I am working at the moment and worry slightly about that.”

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