Paramedic moves into campervan to protect family from coronavirus

Ellena Cruse
Danny Huges has moved into a campervan, away from his family during the coronavirus pandemic: PA

A paramedic treating the nation during the Covid019 outbreak has moved into a campervan to stop his family catching coronavirus from him.

NHS worker Danny Hughes said he deals with lots of potentially infected patients each day and does not want to risk passing the strain on to his loved ones.

He has been working exhausting 12-hour shifts that often overrun and is putting in overtime as he and his colleagues help battle the pandemic.

He is urging the public to only call 999 in an emergency to enable workers to help those who most need it.

Danny Hughes has moved into a van to help keep his family safe from Covid-19 (PA)

The 28-year-old RAF veteran said he made the decision to sleep separately due to the fact that many members of his family fall into coronavirus high-risk categories and one started to have symptoms.

He said: “The main reason for moving into the campervan is one member of my household while I was away became symptomatic.

“Given the state of how busy we are I didn’t think that sitting at home for two weeks would be the best use of my time.

“I thought it was more advantageous to isolate myself temporarily.”

He is also urging the public to only dial 999 in an emergency (PA)

Instead he decided to move into the campervan so that he could continue working for the South East Coast Ambulance service (SECAmb), where he is based in Polegate, East Sussex.

“We come into contact with patients who potentially have the coronavirus on a daily basis – whether that is the potential to have it or those who are confirmed as having Covid-19.

“I wanted to put that step forward and protect my family.

“I may not have symptoms but there is nothing to say I won’t pass it on to my family.”

Mr Hughes, who lives in Newhaven, also thanked the public for their support while he and colleagues are busy dealing with the coronavirus.

“It has been very positive overall, the public are very supportive of the ambulance service paramedics and of the NHS as a whole.”

However, he also called on people to obey Government guidance so that the NHS is not “overrun” with Covid-19 cases.

“I have witnessed the effects of the virus and would urge members of the public to read the latest Government advice.

“Contact 111 if needed and only call 999 in an emergency to free up ambulances for emergencies.

“We are exceptionally busy as a service.”