Dr Ranj gives insight into the state of his hospital as he reveals staff are at ...

Dr Ranj Singh has given an alarming insight into the state of the NHS hospital he works in as he revealed the staff are at 'breaking point' amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

When he's not on TV as This Morning's resident GP, Ranj works in a children's intensive care unit for children at a London hospital, with part of the department having been converted to an adult ward for coronavirus patients.

And speaking on the Times Radio on Saturday, Ranj, 41, expressed the gravity of the situation as he told of the shortage of beds and staff pushed to the brink, as he warned 'Trust me the situation is critical.' 

'Breaking point': Dr Ranj Singh has given an alarming insight into the state of the NHS hospital he works in as he revealed the staff are at 'breaking point' amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases

'Breaking point': Dr Ranj Singh has given an alarming insight into the state of the NHS hospital he works in as he revealed the staff are at 'breaking point' amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases

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It was revealed on Friday that there were almost 35,000 Covid patients on hospital wards by January 9, according to figures from the Department of Health, almost twice the level during the darkest days of the first wave. 

But Coronavirus patient numbers may have already peaked in almost a seventh of hospitals in England, official figures suggest, while an ICU doctor recently warned care may have to be rationed if admissions continue to surge. 

Meanwhile, hospitals in the UK recorded 904 coronavirus deaths on Saturday as the number of fatalities rose 15 per cent on last Saturday - bringing the total to 90,147. 

Discussing the impact that the new variant of the virus has had on his own hospital, Ranj told how the intensive care unit is so busy that staff are struggling to provide 'proper care' to those who are 'extremely sick'. 

Tough times: Speaking on the Times Radio on Saturday, Ranj, 41, expressed the gravity of the situation as he told of the shortage of beds and staff pushed to the brink, as he warned 'Trust me the situation is critical'

Tough times: Speaking on the Times Radio on Saturday, Ranj, 41, expressed the gravity of the situation as he told of the shortage of beds and staff pushed to the brink, as he warned 'Trust me the situation is critical'

He went on to explain how this has had a 'knock on effect' into other parts of the hospital, with overworked and 'exhausted' staff unable to provide services as normal. 

He explained: 'Our intensive care unit is the busiest it's ever been. And what we need to remember is that we expanded our extensive care unit capacity by over 200% and despite doing that we are still filling up.'

Ranj added to host Hugo Rifkind: 'What does that mean? It means that firstly we are unable to provide intensive care to those extremely sick people that are coming in with coronavirus that need it but secondly it has a knock on effect on all the other services that we are able to provide. 

Work: When he's not on TV as This Morning's resident GP, Ranj works in a children's intensive care unit for children at a London hospital

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Work: When he's not on TV as This Morning's resident GP, Ranj works in a children's intensive care unit for children at a London hospital

'So we are able to provide less and less normal, usual care for all the other things that happen to us.'

The former Strictly Come Dancing star went on to share how much the latest surge in cases has impacted his colleague.

He said: 'People are already exhausted from the first wave and all the pressure that we had during the course of 2020 and now this second wave is so much worse. They are really at breaking point.'

Ranj then pleaded with the public on behalf of the NHS workers to stick to the rules and follow the government guidelines to protect not only 'ourselves' but the 'NHS' too. 

Busy: Discussing the impact that the new variant of the virus has had on his own hospital, Ranj told how the intensive care unit is so busy that staff are struggling to provide 'proper care' to those who are 'extremely sick'

Busy: Discussing the impact that the new variant of the virus has had on his own hospital, Ranj told how the intensive care unit is so busy that staff are struggling to provide 'proper care' to those who are 'extremely sick'

He went on: 'I work in a children's intensive care unit and a section of that unit has been

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