Coronavirus: “I’m so happy to be able to help and be involved”

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Caitlin Kelly to be based at Louisa Jordan Hospital


Nearly 100 paramedics have signed up to help with the coronavirus crisis.

The 95 students come from the only full-time undergraduate course in Scotland in paramedical sciences.

Glasgow Caledonian University students will be employed as paramedics or technicians.

Pauline Howie of the Scottish Ambulance Service said the service was “very grateful in these difficult times”.

Third-year student Caitlin Kelly will be based at the makeshift Louisa Jordan Hospital in the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow.

The 26-year-old woman from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, said she felt “confident and well prepared.”

She added, “I am so happy to be able to help and to be involved in this emergency because that is what I have been working on for the past three years.

“I feel a little nervous, which is to be expected, but responding to emergencies and never knowing what the next call will be is why I wanted to be a paramedic in the first place, that is part of the job. “

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Glasgow makeshift hospital will eventually accommodate approximately 1,000 Covid-19 patients


Samantha Paterson, Glasgow Caledonian University School of Health and Life Sciences, said that about 70% of first, second and third year students were able to register to help.

She said, “We work closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service and much of the training is very hands-on, so they are well prepared for the workplace. “

“Unprecedented situation”

Pauline Howie, Executive Director of the Scottish Ambulance Service, said, “We are very grateful to the paramedics for their support during these difficult times.

“This is an unprecedented situation and the support we have received across the country has been incredible. “

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