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Cabin crew to join the NHS Nightingale doctors

The cabin crew will join doctors and nurses on staff at the new Nightingale hospitals built to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS said.

The staff of Virgin Atlantic and EasyJet have been invited to volunteer in the new 4,000 bed clinic under construction at the Excel center in east London, and those expected in Birmingham and Manchester.

Their wages will continue to be paid by the airlines.

Many cabin crew members trained for first aid around the world have been grounded as countries have closed borders and canceled flights amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

EasyJet has already written 9,000 of its UK-based staff including 4,000 CPR-trained cabin crew members to invite them to devote their time to the NHS.

Ambulances at the ExCel center in London which is being transformed into a temporary hospital
Ambulances at the ExCel center in London which is being transformed into a temporary hospital (Yui Mok / PA)

Virgin Atlantic will begin writing to 4,000 of its employees on Monday and will prioritize getting in touch with those who already have the required skills.

Those who join will receive expert training and perform support roles such as changing beds under the guidance of qualified nurses.

St John’s ambulance has already said that hundreds of people will devote their time to the first Nightingale hospital in London.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We are grateful to the NHS for everything they are doing in extremely difficult circumstances and we are committed to doing everything we can to support national efforts against Covid’s rapid acceleration. 19 . “

Work in progress at the ExCel center in London
Work in progress at the ExCel center in London (Andrew Parsons / 10 Downing Street)

EasyJet said he was “proud” that his staff can support doctors in this “crucial moment”.

Tina Milton, director of cabin services, added: “The national health service is at the forefront of addressing this health emergency, but the training and skills of our cabin staff, working closely with medical professionals, could help make a real difference. “

Ruth May, nursing manager in England, said the national health service needs “all the support we can get.”

He added: “Thousands of nurses, doctors and other experienced staff are returning to work alongside us, but we need everyone to do their part, whether it is one of our current health or social care services, working at Nightingale Hospital, volunteer to help the NHS or follow government advice to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. “

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