And on Wednesday, Dr Alex George took to Instagram to warn that the situation in hospitals is ‘at least as bad as in March’ amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with cases in the UK continuing soar.
The Love Island star, 30, shared a photograph of himself clad in full personal protective equipment and gave an update of his experience of working in A&E alongside.
Stark warning: On Wednesday, Dr Alex George, 30, took to Instagram to warn that the situation in hospitals is ‘at least as bad as in March’ amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Alex told his followers: ‘Guys things are pretty rough at the moment. I would say at least as bad as March in the hospital.
‘We need to brace ourselves over the next few months and make sure we are each doing our bit.
‘We will get through it but at the moment it’s time for us all to focus and do our best to control the spread.
Big thanks to everyone as always, this isn’t easy but we will beat this virus and navigate to better times.’
On the front line: The Love Island star shared a photograph of himself clad in full personal protective equipment
Update: Dr Alex gave an update of his experience of working in A&E alongside
It comes after Dr Alex endured his first Christmas without his brother Llŷr, who tragically committed suicide, aged 19 earlier this year.
Ahead of his A&E shift on Christmas Day, Dr Alex shared a snap outside the Emergency Resuscitation Department as he sported a bright blue festive NHS jumper.
Captioning the post, Dr Alex wrote: ‘Although I can’t be at home with my family, which is tough for the first Christmas without Llŷr, I do feel a sense of purpose coming here today.
Hero: A&E doctor Alex shot to fame on Love Island 2018 and has been treating Covid-19 patients at Lewisham Hospital in London and sharing his experiences with the nation
Helping out: Dr Alex George spent Christmas Day alone on Friday as he headed to work a shift in the A&E department at the hospital
‘In many ways these guys are my family too. This year has been incredibly tough for each and every one of us.
We have all had to endure so much. I want to say thank you to all of you for everything you have done.
‘Please do something for me, raise a glass at dinner today to those who are no longer with us as well as to each other, for being so incredibly strong this year.
‘From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Dr Alex. P.S. wish I could wear this jumper on shift.’
First Christmas: Tier 4 restrictions in London meant Dr Alex was alone for the first Christmas since losing his brother Llŷr (pictured right) to mental health, aged 19
Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for almost 18 million people across London, eastern and south-east England at the last minute, after scientists warned of the rapid spread of the new variant of the virus.
Tier 4 put areas of the country under the same restrictions seen during the UK’s national lockdown during November, with non-essential stores closed, including gyms, personal care and hospitality.
It also put a stop to the eased restrictions allowing three households to mix indoors on Christmas Day, meaning millions of people are not able to see their families.
Cancelled Christmas: Ahead of Christmas, the inspirational medic told his followers he would not be able to see his family over the festive season, alongside a picture dressed in full PPE
Positive attitude: The inspirational medic took to Instagram to tell his followers about this, and insist he was keeping his chin up despite the latest blow
‘Raise a glass’: Dr Alex spoke about how everyone has had a tough year, and asked them to raise a glass to those no longer with us and to each other for being ‘so incredibly strong’
A&E doctor Alex – who shot to fame on Love Island 2018 – was debuting the fourth series of the podcast after a trying year.
He’s been treating Covid-19 patients at Lewisham Hospital in London and sharing his experiences with the nation in his role as a TV medic.
Alex confirmed his brother’s passing on social media in July, describing him as ‘the kindest and most caring soul’.
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
Happy holidays! Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for almost 18 million people across London and eastern and south-east England, at the last minute