Holby City's Bob Barrett on show's 'humbling' relationship with NHS workers
Holby City’s Bob Barrett has opened up on the show’s ‘humbling’ relationship with real life NHS workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, as they donate equipment.
The soap has been doing all they can to aid the NHS, after their close relationship through the years.
The Dr Sacha Levy actor explained to Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain that the show has ‘given PPE and equipment and anything they can to help.’
He added: ‘It’s amazing when you see how many people are helping.’
After Lorraine pointed out that the show has always had a close relationship with the NHS and its workers, Bob explained: ‘The show is a massive supporter of the NHS, we try to show the heroism of the workers and that’s what the country is showing at the moment.’
Of the NHS workers he’s met over the years, he added: ‘I’m keeping in touch with them and it’s been so unbelievably moving.
‘We’ve got to know over the years so many people outside the show and to see how hard they’re working, it’s been…incredible and humbling.’
Bob also mentioned that he and his family have all suffered mild symptoms, although they can’t be sure if it’s the virus or a cold. He went on to say that they’re all feeling fine.
Holby City and Casualty recently announced that they would be donating equipment to the NHS to aid amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Many hospitals are running short of equipment such as face masks and hand sanitiser as well as other essential equipment to manage the crisis.
The executive boss of both soaps, Simon Harper, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Casualty and Holby City are all about celebrating NHS heroism, so we are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real life medics battling this situation.
‘We are in discussion with local NHS services and will be donating personal protective equipment (PPE) and other useful medical items to assist them.’
Along with EastEnders, Doctors, River City and Pobol y Cwn, Casualty and Holby City have closed down production at the BBC although writers and other staff involved continue to work remotely.
A statement from the BBC at the time read: ‘In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on all BBC Studios continuing dramas will be postponed until further notice.
‘The decision was made after the latest government update. We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and public health organisations.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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