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Summary

The first book to tell the full story of the COVID-19 pandemic, from an NHS doctor working inside hospitals to save lives and combat the virus on the front line. This audiobook features additional questions and answers with the author, Dr Dominic Pimenta, providing even further expert insights.

On the eighth of February, Dr Dominic Pimenta encountered his first suspected case of coronavirus. Within a week, he began wearing a mask on the tube and within a month, he was moved over to the Intensive Care Unit to help fight the virus. 

Duty of Care is the first book to tell the full story of the COVID-19 pandemic from someone on the front line, working in one of the NHS's hardest hit areas. From the initial whispers coming out of China and the collective hesitation to class this as a pandemic to full lockdown and the continued battle to treat whoever came through the doors, Dr Pimenta tells the heroic stories of how the entire system shifted to tackle this outbreak and how, ultimately, the staff managed to save lives.

This incredible account captures the shock and surprise, the panic and power of an unprecedented time, and how, at this moment of despair, human generosity and kindness prevailed.

©2020 Dr Dominic Pimenta (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic reviews

“Beautifully written, passionate and moving.” (Kate Mosse) 

“Gripping, humane, eye-opening and seriously tense.” (Ian Dunt) 

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Excellent Listen

Really great insight into what was happening in hospitals during the peak of the pandemic, as well as a more personal moving story. Incredibly interesting.

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A wonderful read by a very caring doctor

Really loved this book. Author seems like a very kind doctor. This is a very important and informative read but also shows a very natural and vulnerable side of a doctor working in the frontline. I would highly recommend this book.

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Duty of care

A real hero!
Great read to follow Dominic , an NHS Doctor through this pandemic. A real account of being on the frontline facing the changing guidelines throughout the months and also managing to set up a charity as well.
I would love to read another book by this author

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Heroes

I work for the NHS as a security officer. I saw it all. This covid 19 took a lot of people's life. I remember going in into critical care unit that looked like aliens have been discovered. we had to put extra layers of protection to help doctors hold a patient down as he was showing aggression towards staff. we had lack of PPE and when we did finally get them they were stolen or misplaced. Covid19 also brought in signs and 2 way systems to the hospital which has reduced people getting lost in the hospital. I agree with the author 100% on everything he said. great listen

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Above and beyond

A well written honest account which needs to be heard and more importantly remembered the public need to action change the government handling is simply unacceptable, action must be taken by all of us

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Everyone in the UK should read/listen to this book

We could all see it coming, but Dominic Pimenta describes the feelings/anxiety many of us had in late February/early March 2020 when we could see what was happening in Italy and that we were 2 weeks behind their death figures but our government seemed to not be acting. Dominic eloquently describes the complete chaos at the beginning of the pandemic in the UK, the horrors of working in ICU and how the UK ended up having the worst Covid-19 death rate in the world! A very disturbing listen but I feel this is a very important book telling the truth of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK and the story of one doctor who tried to make a difference. Thank you Dr Pimenta

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A great story.

I really enjoyed listening to this. A great story and narrated really well by Dr Pimenta. I liked the question and answer sections.

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Rubbish, no real insight beyond, look how great I am and what a great job I did

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Started good, turned into self promotion

If you want a book which is simply about the pandemic and how it progressed - look elsewhere. This book has loose info about the pandemic, but is more about the author pointing out how brilliant he is, and how his mind was one step ahead of everything that was happening - this gets annoying after a while, and of course is very easy to claim, retrospectively. Not my kind of thing.

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Excellent Book

Honest and eye opener on COVID-19. Lessons need to be learned from herd immunity. The leadership in every country needs to read this book before the second and third wave of COVID-19 happens again.

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