Doncaster NHS staff sign up as volunteer workers at Yorkshire's Nightingale Hospital

NHS staff from Doncaster have signed up as volunteer workers at Yorkshire’s Nightingale Hospital.

By Darren Burke
Sunday, 26th April 2020, 8:01 am
Updated Sunday, 26th April 2020, 8:02 am

Eight nurses and nursery nurses and several doctors from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust are volunteering to work in Harrogate’s Nightingale Hospital, which has been set up during the coronavirus pandemic.

Based in the Harrogate Convention Centre, it was officially opened last week by Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran who has raised more than £27 million for the NHS.

It provides some 500 beds for coronavirus patients and is one of seven Nightingale hospitals to be set up around the country as part of a massive NHS effort to tackle COVID-19.

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Doncaster staff are heading to Harrogate to help.

Dr Graeme Tosh, Associate Medical Director at RDaSH, which provides mental health, learning disability and community services, is one of two psychiatrists organising the mental health support at the Harrogate based hospital to support patients and staff.

A number of doctors from RDaSH have also said they will be happy to work at The Nightingale to support patients with their mental health needs, including Medical Director, Dr Nav Ahluwalia.

The nursing staff heading to Harrogate are nursery nurses Joanne Rimmington, Maria Rodgers and Jane Whaley, health visitors Joanne Bailey, Caroline McNeil and Amy Strelczenie from the Doncaster Health Visiting Team, school nurse Mike Bell and Julie Statham, a community psychiatric nurse in RDaSH’s Older People’s Mental Health Service.

The eight usually work in Doncaster. Five are qualified nurses and three of the staff will work as health care assistants.