press release
Published: 10 April 2020

University of Surrey provides equipment and training to frontline NHS staff to battle Covid-19

The University of Surrey has stepped up its efforts to support the NHS to fight the Covid-19 crisis, as staff, final year nursing, midwifery and paramedic students volunteer to save lives on the frontline and two anaesthetic machines are sent to the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Final year nursing and midwifery students at Surrey, like many across the country, have volunteered to opt in and assist under the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s emergency policy. This will allow them to work in clinical environments on an extended placement to complete their studies while also supporting the national efforts to fight the coronavirus.

The University’s final year paramedic students are also doing their part to help in the struggle against Covid-19, by signing up to work support shifts with the South East Coast Ambulance Trust, helping to manage the high volume of calls that require additional crews. 

The University of Surrey has also opened its doors to NHS staff to use its state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation wards, together with the computer laboratories located in the Kate Granger building, which was opened by the Countess of Wessex in January.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are leading on a training programme developed to prepare former NHS staff to help treat Covid-19 patients. Training is also being offered to Allied Health Professionals who can take up roles as Health Care Assistants. Facilities in the Kate Granger building are also being used to upskill NHS staff to look after patients that are acutely ill and need support with breathing.

The University has recently provided the Royal Surrey County Hospital with two anaesthetic machines to further help in the fight against the virus.

This work has been made possible thanks to the ongoing close working partnership that the University’s School of Health Sciences has with Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System.

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “The School is doing everything it can not only to support its own students during this most difficult of situations, but also the wider community as a whole. We are incredibly grateful to all our students and staff who have heeded the country’s call to action and signed up to support the NHS. They have demonstrated the character, knowledge and skill to care for patients during these unprecedented times and we are extremely proud of them. Our partnerships with the local NHS organisations have always been strong but this is evident now, more than ever.”

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