Almost 300 final year nursing students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are helping to fight Covid-19.

These students are being deployed immediately to seven health trusts in the North West region. These undergraduate students will spend up to 12 weeks there in either full or part time roles depending on the number of theory and practical hours they have already completed. There, their tasks will involve a range of different duties including monitoring blood pressure, taking blood, dressing wounds, inserting catheters and giving injections.

For some students, this will be their second experience of supporting the NHS on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. Charlotte Campbell is one such student who has already began her second stint at the Royal Preston Hospital, and also gained invaluabel experience when volunteering in UCLan’s on-campus Covid-19 testing centre. Speaking on the matter, Charlotte said:

“Last time, none of us knew what we’d be facing and it was testing for everyone but this time around I feel more comfortable knowing what to expect, what the patients will be like and what PPE and infection controls will be required.”

The students will be divided across different hospital trusts. The largest portion, just over 100 students, will be based at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, with almost 80 students going to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and more than 40 to Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. A further 30 student will be placed at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The remaining nurses will be at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


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