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Leading UK lung expert treating Boris Johnson

by LLB Reporter
8th Apr 20 10:53 am

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is being treated by one of the UK’s leading lung expert at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.

The Daily Telegraph reported, that Dr Richard Leach is a senior clinician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and has been by Johnson’s bedside.

Colleagues of Dr Leach say he is a “brilliant doctor” and has “saved thousands of lives.”

A colleague of Dr Leach said, “He’s the most knowledgeable respiratory specialist in the country, and he’s a straight talker.

“He would find the attention mortifying, but the Prime Minister couldn’t be in better hands.”Dr Leach has worked at the central London hospital for 26-years, in 2018 the Dr took up the role of director for pulmonary care medicine.

However, Dr Nathalie McDermott, a clinical lecturer at Kings College London questions why Johnson is in intensive care, rather than a ward or High Dependency Unit if it is true he only requires standard oxygen treatment?

She said, “Downing Street are saying he’s not requiring anything other than oxygen which I find interesting because someone requiring oxygen wouldn’t normally be on intensive care.

Adding, “[The patient] might be on a High Dependency Unit, they might have two to one or one to one nursing.

“But normally you go to intensive care when you need additional breathing support. It’s difficult to know.”

On Sunday Johnson was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London as a precaution after his health worsened.

The Downing Street spokesman said, “The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits.

“He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance.

“He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.”

The spokesman further confirmed that he does not have “pneumonia.”

The UK saw a record spike in coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, with 854 deaths recorded, bringing the total to 6,277.

In England another 758 patients died, after contracting coronvarius, the total now stands at 5,655. From this, 224 of the deaths were in London. A total of 55,242 people across the UK have tested positive for coronavirus.

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