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Published: 05 August 2020

Providing care, company and conversation to A&E patients

Hannah Adlington, Cyber Operations Manager from IT Services, steps up to care for those in need.

St John Ambulance is the nation's leading first aid charity and offers training courses, advice, volunteering opportunities and invaluable event support. 

The vital role St John Ambulance plays in responding to the needs of communities across the nation has never been more relevant or urgent. St John volunteers are currently supporting patients in hospital emergency departments nationwide and volunteer ambulance crews are also working 24/7 supporting 999 call outs and transporting recovered patients back home safely. 

Today we would like to applaud Hannah Adlington, Cyber Operations Manager from IT Services, who has stepped up as a St John volunteer on the frontline to help care for those in need. 

Hannah joined the University post lockdown, being the first new IT employee to have been recruited 100 per cent remotely and has never been on campus. She has been a dedicated St John volunteer for almost a year and until recently was providing first aid support at community events but with devastating arrival of the pandemic, events were cancelled and St John have since been providing additional support to the NHS instead – and so therefore has Hannah.  

In preparation for this change to her role, Hannah undertook additional intensive training to become a healthcare assistant and has been assigned to the A&E Department at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. 

Hannah feels that she can really make a difference as currently, patients cannot bring in loved ones with them. During her shifts Hannah provides much needed care, support, company and conversation to A&E patients. Hannah has told us how deeply rewarding this work is and has shared her commitment to continue supporting the hospital at weekends alongside her role at the University for as long as her help is needed.

We are so proud of Hannah and all of our staff who are demonstrating such selfless community spirit.

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