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Published: 01 June 2020

Supporting Royal Surrey operations

Maile Wedgwood, from our School of Biosciences, has volunteered over 140 hours to assist the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Maile Wedgwood

Maile Wedgwood, from our School of Biosciences, has volunteered over 140 hours to assist the Hospital’s with a number of different tasks, including on the front line as a Healthcare Assistant in their Eashing Ward for elderly patients and in the Accident and Emergency department.

Her experiences of working in the RSCH over the last few weeks have seen her assisting in the delivery of vital end of life care to many patients who are sadly losing their lives to Covid-19.

Maile said: “For me this has been an eye-opening experience. Not only to help non Covid-19 patients but also being in an environment where every patient has tested positive. I see it as an obligation to help where I can, if I’m fit and able. Patients are people and have families and loved ones, and if my own were in that situation I’d be happy to know that there were plenty of caring staff and volunteers helping them.”

After completing her degree, Maile is looking to embark on a career in medicine and is therefore grateful for this experience: “From an academic point of view, it’s been brilliant to use some of my pharmacology and pathology knowledge in a practical setting.

“Working at the Hospital has also given me opportunities to learn from doctors and specialists more in depth about certain areas of my course.”

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