Nurse who urged the public to stop panic buying says she is ‘shocked by reality she’s living in’


Critical care nurse who urged the public to stop panic buying food in March following a 48-hour shift says she is ‘still shocked by reality she’s living in’ and that people need to ‘wake up and stick to the guidelines’

  • Dawn Bilbrough said the pandemic has been ‘incredibly emotionally difficult’
  • Critical care nurse, 51, said she wants public to ‘wake up’ and ‘stick to guidelines’
  • Health worker went viral in March after posting emotional video about being unable to get food after 48 hour shift after panic buyers stripped shelves 

A critical care nurse who tearfully urged the public to stop panic buying in March has said she is still shocked by the reality she’s living in and  that people need to ‘wake up and stick to the guidelines’.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show this morning, Dawn Bilbrough, 51, from York, said that the pandemic has been ‘incredibly emotionally difficult’ for careworkers and in another emotional plea asked the public to ‘pay attention to what’s going on in their country right now’.  

It comes nine months after the health worker attracted attention for posting a video of herself to Facebook, which saw her unable to pick up any groceries following an exhausting 48-hour shift as panic buyers had stripped supermarket shelves bare.   

‘We have to remember we’ve been doing this for the last nine months,’ she told Lorraine and TV GP Dr Hilary Jones today.  

‘It’s very difficult to remain positive because day in day out we’ve seen the reality of what’s happening families are being torn apart by this virus’ she added.

‘Our job is incredibly difficult right now, physically and emotionally, we’re all exhausted, we all want this virus to end  but at the moment we’re no where near this not living with us.

‘Yes we have the vaccine and that’s amazing and people are going to work very very hard to roll this out but we need to adhere to the guidelines and there are clearly people who aren’t doing that because this virus is spreading far and wide throughout our hospitals,’ she added.

A critical care nurse who tearfully urged the public to stop panic buying in March has said she is still shocked by the reality she’s living in and that people need to ‘wake up and stick to the guidelines’. 

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show this morning, Dawn Bilbrough, 51, from York, said that the pandemic has been 'incredibly emotionally difficult' for careworkers and in another emotional plea asked the public to 'pay attention to what's going on in their country right now'.

 Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show this morning, Dawn Bilbrough, 51, from York, said that the pandemic has been ‘incredibly emotionally difficult’ for careworkers and in another emotional plea asked the public to ‘pay attention to what’s going on in their country right now’.

Lorraine said the nurse sounded ‘absolutely exhausted’ and that many young people feel as if ‘nothing can harm them’.

‘Families have been ripped apart, and that’s really difficult to witness,’ Dawn added.

‘Even nine months on we’re still shocked by the reality we live in.

‘Sometime there’s very little we can do in intensive care apart from keep these people comfortable and that’s the reality of what we’re facing. 

Lorraine (left) said the nurse sounded 'absolutely exhausted' and that many young people feel as if 'nothing can harm them'.

Lorraine (left) said the nurse sounded ‘absolutely exhausted’ and that many young people feel as if ‘nothing can harm them’.

‘I want people to wake up and pay attention to what’s going on in our country and in our world right now.  

‘I’m not here to judge people on make people feel ashamed of their actions. This virus is true and it’s affecting the lives of people working day in day out.

‘And the end of the day we’re human beings and emotionally it’s so difficult, I’ve never experienced anything like this,and  I’ve been working in healthcare for 25 years it’s absolutely horrendous,’ Dawn continued.

Dr Hilary Jones (left) said the speech 'pulled at his heart strings' and that branded health workers heroes, while Lorraine slammed deniers who claimed that hospitals are empty.

Dr Hilary Jones (left) said the speech ‘pulled at his heart strings’ and that branded health workers heroes, while Lorraine slammed deniers who claimed that hospitals are empty.

‘People need to wake up now and please just  stick to the guidelines. The vaccines there, and hopefully by spring it will be a bit lighter.

Dr Hilary Jones said the speech ‘pulled at his heart strings’ and that branded health workers heroes, while Lorraine slammed deniers who claimed that hospitals are empty.  

Discussing the ‘Clap for Carers’ which is returning tonight as ‘Clap for Heroes’ Hilary urged the public ‘not to be hypocritical’ and cheer but still break rules. 

In March, the critical care nurse took to Facebook from the seat of her car to tell the nation: ‘So I’ve just come out the supermarket. There’s no fruit and veg and I had a little cry in there.’

‘I’m a critical care nurse and I’ve just finished 48 hours of work and I just wanted to get some stuff in for the next 48 hours.

‘There’s no fruit, there’s no vegetables and I just don’t know how I’m supposed to stay healthy.

‘Those people who are just stripping the shelves have basic foods you just need to stop it because it’s people like me that are going to be looking after you when you are at your lowest and just stop it please!’

After sharing the emotional video, Ms Bilbrough was flooded with messages of support from concerned friends and loved ones, with some offering her some of their very own food items. 

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