Patient's video diaries reveal what life is like inside British coronavirus quarantine centre

By Group Reporter
Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:57 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 9:58 am

A blogger rescued from coronavirus-hit Wuhan has revealed what life is like inside the quarantine centre in a video diary.

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It shows how patients are forbidden from mingling with each other, must wear face masks to answer their doors, microwave their own meals and clean their rooms with wipes.

Patients have also been given magazines, board games and access to Netflix in a bid to pass the time while they wait for their test results to come back

Camryn Turner's video blog offers the first insight into life inside Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, where 118 Brits are being holed up while they are tested for the deadly virus.

Music student Camryn, 27, was bundled into a bus and taken to the centre on Sunday after flying into RAF Brize Norton from Wuhan.

In a desperate bid to fight the isolation and cabin fever, he has made a video diary revealing life in quarantine.

Taking a tour of his room, he says: “Each patient in quarantine at the hotel has been allocated two rooms.

“One of the rooms is for sleeping, relaxing, making tea and coffee, watching TV.

“We’ve been provided with kitchen towels and cleaning surface wipes so we have to clean our own rooms and disinfect everything.

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“We’ve also been supplied with rubbish bags which we can fill up and leave outside our doors once they’re full.

“We’ve also been supplied with a box of around 100 medical face masks. We’ve been informed to only wear a mask for 20-minute periods before taking them off.”

Patients were also given fresh clothes and a second ‘kitchen’ room which contains a fridge and microwave.

Filming the makeshift kitchen, Camryn says: “We cook up our food in the room.

“They [staff] bring the food on a tray and leave it outside our rooms. We then bring it into our second room to heat it up.”

Patients are being fed a choice of meals, including coconut and lentil curry, vegetable risotto and chicken casserole and dumplings.

Camryn is currently anxiously waiting to find out if he has caught the virus. If he is negative he must undergo a further swab test on Saturday.

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Describing the battle with “cabin fever” he said: “It has its tough times. You get cabin fever symptoms. They can become quite rough during the day.

“We can still make use of our laptops and phones. I wake up, eat my breakfast and then I will lie a bed and reply to all my unread messages from my friends and family.

“We have had no contact with the other patients for obvious reasons and we are all waiting to hear the results of the swab tests. The waiting is the hardest thing to do.”

On their arrival at the centre, patients were given a welcome note signed by the manager Simon Thatcher.

He wrote: “Under these difficult and unprecedented circumstances, I wish to assure you that the Kents Hill Park team are delighted to be looking after you and your families.”

Patients were swabbed on Sunday with the results expected on Wednesday with further tests on Saturday.