Grounded Flight Attendants Are Being Redeployed To Hospitals In Coronavirus Battle

Grounded Flight Attendants Are Being Redeployed To Hospitals In Coronavirus Battle

On Monday, it was announced that cabin crew from airlines will join doctors and nurses in staffing the new Nightingale hospitals across the country.

Soldiers from 1 Royal Anglian Regiment working in the ExCeL.

The NEC will provide care to 5,000 patients, while the Principality of Cardiff stadium will also serve to accommodate up to 2,000 additional beds.

The 32-year-old, who has 15 years experience with the organisation, has been appointed tactical commander of the St John volunteers at the Nightingale Hospital.

"Everyone is what you call a first aider, so they've done normal first aid training".

"I think if you're in the same situation as myself, if you're fit and well enough, you should go and volunteer". I was here three days ago when it was nothing.

"My boss told me to do what's best for society and my company have just released me for as long as is required to help", he said.

"Our resources will be stretched, and our people will be tested, but we will stop at nothing to help beat this virus".

Two more temporary hospitals are to be built, in Birmingham and Manchester, and NHS England said other sites were being considered across the UK.

Rows of beds, each fitted with a medical device, run through the corridors of the hospital, which was built at breakneck speed inside the ExCel Center in Canning Town, east London.

Staff for the new hospitals will predominantly be drawn from NHS doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from across the country, with a number of military medics on standby to assist with caring for patients too. It's unclear how much pay the airline staff will receive for their hospital work.

The two carriers are approaching staff who are not now working due to the crisis, with Easyjet having written to all 9,000 of its United Kingdom based staff (including 4,000 cabin crew trained in CPR), and Virgin Atlantic writing to around 4,000 of their employees, prioritising "those with the required skills and training".

Virgin Atlantic, which has grounded the majority of its flights and asked staff to take voluntary unpaid leave, is also contacting 4,000 employees, prioritizing those with relevant medical training and skills.

Corneel Koster, chief customer officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: "We are grateful to the NHS for everything they are doing in extremely challenging circumstances and we're committed to doing all we can to support the national effort against the rapid acceleration of Covid-19".

"We have all needed the NHS at some point in our lives and so we are so proud that our crew can now help to support the NHS at this crucial time", said Tina Milton, director of cabin services at EasyJet.

"The NHS is mobilizing like never before, but the scale of this challenge has not been seen in peacetime so we need all the support we can get", Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said in a statement.

Sir Simon also said that intensive care beds are available for those that need them, adding that the Government is "pulling out all the stops" to procure personal protective equipment for NHS staff.

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