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The cleaner who comforts the dying, and the porter who's a friend to the lonely - the ordinary heroes of the Royal Bolton Hospital's pandemic

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Manchester Evening News has been invited into the NHS to speak to those people who have been thrust into the trenches of our battle with the virus.

Our visit to the Royal Bolton is part of that series of stories, each of which looks at a different aspect of our health service in these challenging times, the the struggles of patients and the sacrifices of staff.Lisa, from Deane, has been a cleaner at the Royal Bolton Hospital for the last two-and-a-half years and worked as a baker before that.Her role is to clean D4, one of Bolton's respiratory wards, which needs to be spotless and free of any dangerous viruses or bacteria that could threaten patients.Before Covid hit, many of the patients in D4 were regular visitors who struggled with.

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