Medics across Britain have risen to unprecedented challenges during the nation's first 100 days in lockdown.

Frontline workers have been seen as coronavirus superheroes by members of the general public and were applauded for their efforts by the nation every Thursday at 8pm for the first 10 weeks of the crisis.

While the nation has faced restrictions on their movement and social lives, here one local doctor from the British Medical Association (BMA) describes here experiences during the last 100 days...

Stephanie Rees, a junior doctor at Glan Clwyd Hospital, said seeing a patient die without their loved ones at their bedside was a "hard moment"

"I'm what you would call a 'hugger'. Passed an exam? Hug for you. Successfully placed a cannula? Hug for you," said the BMA Wales junior doctor committee member.

"Early on, when social distancing was just being introduced, a friend of mine passed their degree and officially became a registered nurse, so what was my first reaction? A faux pas - I hugged her, and she recoiled away from me - clearly not the reaction I was going for.

"Masks and PPE isolate us from not only our patients, but also our colleagues."

On families being able to visit patients, she added: "A quick video call is no replacement for holding their hand."

"I can't imagine what it would be like to have a loved one in intensive care, not be able to visit, and only get one or two phone calls a day updating me," she said.

"The hardest part is when these conversations are not good news. When we think a patient has deteriorated to the point where there is nothing more we can do, we invite one to two family members into the unit to visit them and say goodbye, but what do we do if their relative is shielding or vulnerable? We can't in good conscience recommend coming into the Covid section of intensive care, no matter the amount of PPE we provide them."

Dr Rees added: "One of my hardest moments was when a patient passed away without their family with them. The last time they saw them was when they were admitted to hospital. Two nurses sat with the patient the whole time, holding their hand and playing the music they enjoyed.

"This time has brought with it some of my hardest moments as a doctor, but it has also brought some of the most heartwarming.

"When one of our patients had their birthday, and we managed to get their close family and friends together to do a video chat of them opening their cards that had been delivered to their unit. It was such a small thing for us to do, but it meant so much to the patient and their family."