When the call came from hospital bosses for help on intensive care units, Tom König and his surgeon colleagues did not hesitate, mucking in as healthcare assistants.
“It was almost like a call to arms, [like] the small boats that went off to Dunkirk to rescue the British expeditionary force. We had to go and help,” he said.
The trauma and vascular surgeon and British Army lieutenant colonel had seen his planned operations cancelled as the Royal London Hospital turned its focus to swelling numbers of coronavirus cases.
In place of those shifts, he has been working as a healthcare assistant under specialist intensive care nurses, helping to staff “surge” intensive care units created to treat Covid-19 patients.
He works in teams that turn patients