We have been on the frontline doing our parts in our specialties during the Covid waves and in January this year I fell ill with severe COVID-19 which had me bed-ridden for 4 weeks struggling to breathe, even though I come from a background of marathon running and training for an ironman. It took me two more months after that to gradually regain my fitness levels while still suffering from the long-term effects of COVID. The toll of the disease on the body may be debilitating even for young fit individuals. It is not difficult to imagine how our elderly or those with background medical conditions are at higher risk of more dangerous outcomes.

The 23rd of March marks one year from the UK's first COVID-19 lockdown. Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals have been on the frontline of the pandemic, and its staff have been treating some of the sickest Covid-19 patients, yet as Medical Director Dr Mark Mason said:

“The ability of our expert teams to rise to whatever challenge comes their way, has once again been remarkable", and I am very proud of the teams I have worked with during these challenging times.

Today, we may seem to be at a time when the battle may seem to be coming to an end. However, in reality, we are dealing with the shocking aftermath of the pandemic on our waiting patients, our healthcare resources and on the health and well-being of our overworked NHS colleagues who have been under physical and emotional burnout during the past year.

Royal Brompton and Harefield Charity funds innovative treatments, equipment and research that fall outside of NHS funding, at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Many of these projects are not just ‘nice to haves’ but are essential to the lives and wellbeing of patients and their loved ones.

All acts of kindness make a big difference. With your help, we can respond to the needs of our world class hospitals and staff by directing the funds towards purchasing essential life-saving equipment for those needing urgent care now, but also for patients in the future. The fund will also support staff wellbeing to help our NHS colleagues rise to the challenge of the pandemic whilst they provide the highest quality care.

Thank you, your support in 2020 was overwhelming. Your donations, generosity of gifts and messages of support really did make a difference to our staff and patients and your continued support in 2021 continues to have a major positive impact!

Thank you for visiting and thank you so much for your support,

Cardiac Surgery Clinical Fellow
Royal Brompton Hospital Amr Metwalli