NHS coronavirus doctor living in caravan to self-isolate from cancer patient son

An NHS doctor has spoken out about choosing to live in a mobile home as he lives away from his young son who is battling cancer.

Nick Dennison, an anaesthetist at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, is self-isolating from his three-year-old, while he treats coronavirus patients.

Posting on Facebook, he explained the horrifying choice he'd had to make.

He said: "On a more personal level, my son turned three years old last week and is six weeks into a three-year chemotherapy program for lymphoma.

"This virus is a big threat to his life and as I am going to be exposed this week doing my job, I can no longer live at home.

"I have had to make a difficult choice — to do my job and save the lives of people I don't know or to be with my son while he battles cancer.

"Alfie hopefully will survive his cancer and chemo, but many people will die from flu.

"My heart is broken making this decision, but I choose to save the lives of strangers and leave him in the care of my beautiful wife and family.

"Later this week I'll be moving into a motor home and will not be able to take any further part in his care for the next six months."

He added: "Bottom line. SOCIALLY isolate or people die in two weeks."

The post has been shared more than 95k times on Facebook and received thousands of comments supporting NHS staff.

Jane Swaine wrote: "Both you and your little boy are heroic, thank you for your total dedication, it is beyond words."

Nick urged people to stay at home after shocking pictures at the weekend showed crowds in parks, seasides and beaches as thousands flouted the guidelines.

On Monday, the UK's coronavirus death toll soared to 335 as the total number of cases hit 6,650.

Speaking from Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the UK on effective lockdown as he announced unprecedented measures to try and flatten the curve of the outbreak.

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From midnight, all public gatherings of more than two people are banned, and leaving the house is only permitted for exercise, buying necessities, and medical visits.

It will also be permitted to leave the house for work, but only if your job is key, and if it cannot be done from home.

Police will have the power to enforce the rules through fines, although the Met Police have claimed that the rulings are still unclear.

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