THE head of the local health trust has echoed call for healthcare professionals not currently working in the NHS to join the fight locally against coronavirus.
It comes in the wake of a ‘Rapid Response’ call from NHS Professionals, the largest NHS bank of staff in the UK.
Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our staff across all our hospitals are doing a magnificent job in working to put patients first through one of the most challenging periods in the history of the NHS.
“This includes frontline staff working under tremendous pressure looking after coronavirus patients and those working tirelessly behind the scenes to support them.
“They have stepped up to the challenge and we are focused on helping them do their jobs to provide the care which is needed.”
A spokesperson NHS Professionals said: “We are calling all nurses and doctors, as well as other key healthcare professionals, to support our NHS in this time of need.
“You can help tackle the pandemic and provide a ‘rapid response’ to support essential patient care.
“If you are currently registered with the GMC, NMC or HCPC and have been working in a relevant healthcare setting, you can begin working in the NHS within 24 hours.”
The roles include doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, ambulance practitioners, paramedics, physiotherapists, registered nurses and theatre practitioners plus many more.
Registration can be done by registering at https://go.nhsp.uk/rapidresponse
Anyone wanting to volunteer can also contact the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust directly on 01905 733725.
A WAVE of volunteers and paramedic students has enabled West Midlands Ambulance Service to double the number of its crews at its Bromsgrove hub from 20 to 40.
In just three days, more than 1,000 people have applied to join the service and backed by its students already in training, WMAS has been able to put in place extensive plans that will see a substantial increase in staff numbers.