A pharmacist who has coronavirus has hit out at the lack of personal protective equipment given to frontline workers like him.

Sudhir Seharwat, who works at Clifton Pharmacy in Adamsdown, Cardiff, tested positive for the virus on Friday and has not been in work since.

As the 45-year-old rests up, he is calling on people to stay away if they have any symptoms of the virus and warned that colleagues across the country are at "risk" without proper protection.

It comes as the the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) said a diminished supply of equipment such as masks, gloves and aprons places an unnecessary level of danger on pharmacists and could endanger the lives of at-risk customers.

Pharmacists in Wales have also described facing increasing abuse, with one in the Valleys forced to employ a security guard.

Cardiff pharmacist Sudhir Seharwat 15.09.16 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Board and staff Picture by Nick Treharne

Mr Seharwat asked to be tested via the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board at 10am on Wednesday, April 1, and had swabs taken just two hours later.

He received the positive result on Friday morning and remains in self-isolation.

He said: "Pharmacists and their teams are working tirelessly on the NHS frontline to deal with this public health crisis. Their safety is paramount in maintaining the supply of medicines right across Wales.

"I am concerned that keeping to the two metre distance rule is not possible in most community pharmacies which increases the risk of potential exposure to this virus.

"It remains critically important that the public do not attend a pharmacy if they have any symptoms of Covid-19. I am currently self-isolating after being tested positive for Covid-19.

"Without the right protective equipment and compliance of the public, more pharmacists and their teams will continue to work in environments which put them at a potential risk.”

RPS director of pharmacy Robbie Turner told the BBC on Monday that pharmacists had been told to buy PPE from wholesalers, which have been either out of stock or charging expensive prices.

He told the broadcaster: "Pharmacies should not be having to go out and buy protection to keep them safe - this should be supplied by the NHS.

"Without it, pharmacists are being needlessly put at risk."

Current guidance from the NHS says gloves and aprons should be used by pharmacists in high street stores while in close contact with patients.

The NHS said it has a 24/7 hotline for queries about the supply and distribution of PPE.

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Pharmacists across Wales have reported being verbally abused and even spat at by patients as they cope with the increased pressure during the outbreak.

Police were called to one pharmacy in Aberdare recently when their security guard was "grabbed by the neck".

Vimal Patel , pharmacist at Sheppards Pharmacy in Aberdare, said: "The coronavirus outbreak is putting community pharmacy under incredible pressure and we are working tirelessly to help patients with their medicines.

"It is so disappointing to experience aggressive behaviour from some members of the public.

"Last week, a doorman, who we have employed to maintain order outside the pharmacy, was verbally abused and grabbed by the neck.

"A scuffle broke out and when I ran outside to call for some calm, I was dragged into a heated exchange of words and verbal abuse.

"The police were called and the situation was sorted out eventually but this sort of behaviour is very frightening and is putting my staff and patients at risk.

"While it doesn't happen every day - on the whole most patients treat the staff with dignity and respect - it is behaviour that we shouldn't have to work with or tolerate."

Patients and the public are being reminded to follow the important advice issued by Welsh Government at this challenging time: