Coronavirus: 17-year-old girl works in hospital after level A cancellation


Madeleine Crow

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Madeleine Crow said starting to work in a hospital during a pandemic was “a very steep learning curve”

A 17-year-old girl whose A-level exams have been canceled due to a coronavirus works on the front line of the hospital to help “at a time when it is most needed”.

Madeleine Crow, of Exeter, Devon, was scheduled to start working as a medical assistant later in the year, but said it was “obvious” to start earlier.

“It is scary for everyone,” she said. “If that’s how I can help, I’m happy and proud of it. “

British schools and colleges were closed last month in response to the pandemic.

‘Amazing experience

Madeleine, who works at the Royal Devon and Exeter (RD&E) NHS Foundation Trust, performs daily routine tests on patients and monitors their results. She also helps feed them and take them to the toilet.

She said the experience was “a very steep learning curve.”

“It is certainly a tense environment, however, everyone is very welcoming and eager to help me learn.

“I feel safe and I love being part of it. I just wanted to take care of people. “

Madeleine was taking an A Levels in Biology and PE, and a BTEC in Health and Social Care, and had planned to travel across Europe after her exams before starting work. She said their cancellation was a “huge” shock.

“It was very overwhelming because I put so much work and revision into it. There is still a lot of confusion as to the marks that will be awarded, so I don’t know if I will take the exams again.

“I will have to look into this as they will be detained while I work, so it will be a difficult decision. “

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Madeleine said she was inspired by her parents, who both work for the NHS

Madeleine said she was inspired by her parents, who both work for the NHS – her father is on the RD&E management team and her mother works in administration in a St Leonard’s office.

The teenager said that the last few weeks of her new job had been “incredible” and that because of the coronavirus, she focused on finding symptoms in patients at risk.

“Maybe in 15 years I will be a registered nurse supervising someone on his first shift, and I can say that when I started mine, it was during the 2020 coronavirus.”


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