A DOCTOR working on the frontline during the pandemic has been left 'heartbroken' after finishing a gruelling shift to find her bicycle had been stolen.

Consultant Geriatrician Hannah Johnson cycles the eight mile commute between the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Wokingham each day and has continued to during the pandemic.

But on Thursday, April 30, the mother-of-two couldn't ride home after a long shift having found that her bicycle had been stolen from the secure storage area where it was locked up.

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Speaking about the theft, the senior doctor said: “This is my main form of transport – I know it’s quite a long bike ride from Wokingham, but the cycle commute helps me clear my head after difficult days at work.

“When I finished work it was pouring down so I knew I’d have a bit of a tricky ride home but then to find my bike had been stolen was just heart breaking."

Dr Johnson treats patients on the elderly care wards and has been supporting staff caring for patients with the virus.

She added: "I just want to alert other staff at the hospital, as well as people living nearby, to be aware that they need to be extra vigilant with valuables like this."

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Health officials have now urged staff and nearby residents to keep a close eye on their cars or bicycles.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Steve McManus said: “All our staff are working incredibly hard during the coronavirus outbreak - it is putting huge pressure on them both physically and emotionally.

"They’re all very tired and often quite stressed after a day on the wards dealing with some extremely poorly people, so for Hannah to finish her shift and find someone had stolen her bike is really disappointing."