Follow guidance on easing of lockdown restrictions

A nurse on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 has urged people to follow the guidance on the impending easing of lockdown restrictions.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 8:00 am
Holly Turner, a sister on Ward 12 at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Holly Turner, a sister on Ward 12 at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, has been sharing an insight into life on the frontline with her diary as part of the #BeatCovidNE campaign.

The 26-year-old said: “I’m feeling cautiously positive this week. Like everyone else across the UK, I was eager to hear the Prime Minister’s roadmap to ease lockdown. I’m pleased that he has taken a clear and realistic approach.

“As a nurse, I am conscious of the risk we’re taking with each step. We need to carefully manage the easing of lockdown to protect the NHS and our local communities.

"I’d like to urge people across the North East to strictly follow the lockdown guidance for each step. The Prime Minister has stressed that this roadmap is irreversible. So let’s get it right. So we can be reunited with our families in June.

“It’s reassuring to have a five-week gap between each step. Working on the frontline in the NHS we usually see changes in two-week bursts. Having additional time to review the data to ensure we’re taking the right steps forward is prudent.

“I hope having dates to work towards, and knowing the steps we need to take to come out of lockdown, will motivate everyone to take responsibility for their actions.

"Going forwards we need to continue to work together to learn to live with Covid. We all have a part to play in lifting lockdown for good.

“Michael and I are both in agreement that at the end of the month we’d love to meet up with our parents. It’s exciting to think we’ll be able to see people from another household outside.

"It means we’ll be able to enjoy long-overdue dog walks with friends at Plessey Woods. Staying local this month is going to be key. I know everyone is keen to see each other but let’s please remain vigilant of the current restrictions.

“I’m also excited to be able to see my best friend again. She only lives a five-minute walk around the corner but it’s been hard not seeing her every day like usual. A walk with the dogs to grab a coffee is definitely on the cards. I can’t wait.

“What we have achieved as a country with the vaccine rollout is incredible and it’s amazing that now all adults in the UK will be offered their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July. I’m confident that once again we’ll reach this target with everyone’s continued support.

“At work, several of my colleagues have asked to join my wedding weight loss challenge so they can get in shape for summer. All of our bridesmaids and groomsmen are still on board with the challenge and it’s been a great way to connect virtually, keep fit and look after our health during lockdown.

“While the Prime Minister has said the easing of lockdown will be led by data, not dates, Michael and I are keeping our fingers crossed that our wedding in November, at Le Petit Chateau, in Otterburn, will take place as planned.

“This week we’ve been helping my sister Rachel look for her first house. She's looking to live nearby so when she does move we'll be able to help out.

"We also had an offer accepted on a house we'd like to turn into a rental property. There are still a lot of things to sort out but knowing we have a new project to work on in the coming months is great.”