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Proud of former students caring for COVID-positive patients

Former students Louise Galley and Naomi Herbert have been making the college extremely proud as they continue their work as NHS nurses on the frontline, caring for COVID-positive patients during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Louise, 21, studied A Levels in Sociology, Psychology and Health & Social Care before leaving the Sixth Form in 2016 to study Adult Nursing at Kingston University. She now works at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

Naomi – who was Naomi Skilleter while studying at college – has been leading a training programme for other nurses at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, in how to care for patients affected by Coronavirus and was recently interviewed for a BBC News report.

Working on the Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Bart’s, Louise, below right, has had to care for patients suffering from COVID-19.

She said: “During this pandemic all nurses have received Intensive Care training so that if needed, we can be moved there at any time. My ward continues to have cystic fibrosis admissions and we do have some COVID-positive patients on the ward, but so far I have always had the protective equipment I need! 

“It is quite scary and to protect my family I stayed in a hotel for the first few weeks, but I am back home now. The hospital have been very good in making sure that we are all coping during this time with offering all meals to us for free, and access to apps such as Headspace and even access to a psychologist if needed.”

Naomi, left, studied Applied A Level Health & Social Care and A Level Communication Studies while at the Sixth Form. She is now a Paediatric A&E nurse.

As she led the training for other nurses, which included advice on having difficult conversations with families, she was filmed for a TV news report. She said: “We are all really anxious and nervous and it can be stressful on the wards, so giving staff this time for training has been good. They’ve found it very useful.”

We salute all NHS and other key workers – but we are particularly proud of Louise and Naomi in how they have gone on to help save lives and work in the community since being students at our college.

 

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