Charity steps up support for NHS during coronavirus crisis

Volunteers are being deployed to some A&E departments to help boost the NHS’s battle against coronavirus.

St John Ambulance said it is stepping up its support for the health service as frontline staff care for patients with Covid-19.

The charity will be providing the health service with 100 extra ambulances each day, while volunteers are to help out in some hospital emergency departments.

The deployment of volunteers to emergency departments has been piloted, helping out with non-clinical roles to free up time for current staff.

The charity is also working on “fast-tracking” more people with existing first aid qualifications and clinical skills into the organisation.

The work of the charity has been promoted by the Queen, who is patron of the organisation.

The Royal Family Twitter account has highlighted St John Ambulance and the work it is doing to support the nation’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

St John Ambulance’s community response director Craig Harman said: “As a charity, with around 8,500 available health volunteers, and England’s auxiliary ambulance service, St John stands ready to offer extra, immediate support to the NHS and the public, as required.

“We are working closely with NHS England and the National Ambulance Strategic Adviser on how we can support the health service during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The need for our work has never been more relevant or urgent than now, but we are ready.”