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Military Drafted In To Help Doctors And Nurses At Derbyshire Hospital

This is due to the number of staff currently off sick and self-isolating with Covid-19

Members of the military are going to be working alongside doctors and nurses onwards at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Derbyshire Live has learned that armed forces personnel will be drafted in to help out due to the number of staff currently off sick and self-isolating with Covid-19, which has left the hospital seriously short of employees.

Those who will be on the wards, however, won't be asked to carry out any sort of care or medical procedures as part of their duties.

Instead, they'll be responsible for mainly housekeeping duties including helping to keep the wards clean and stocked with equipment the medical professionals will need to use on a daily basis.

Members of the military will also be asked to "assist with patient meals".

Berenice Groves, deputy chief executive and chief operating officer at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, said: “We can confirm that like a few other NHS organisations, the military will be offering their support to Chesterfield Royal Hospital from next week.

"The military staff will be supported at all times in their roles whilst working at Chesterfield Royal supporting the delivery of safe care for patients.

"The military is one of a number of organisations that have been particularly helpful during the pandemic and we would like to extend our thanks to them - at a time where we are seeing increased absences due to Covid, this will be a welcome support.

“The hospital is under increased pressure at the moment due to Covid-19 and winter pressures, so we would encourage people to continue to ‘help us to help them by following the messages around ‘Hands, face, Space’ and also by having their flu/Covid vaccinations to protect themselves this winter.”

News of this comes after East Midlands Ambulance Service announced members of the army will be brought in to help out with non-emergency ambulance driving.

In all 60 members of the military will be on hand, again covering for the number of staff who are currently unwell or self-isolating due to Covid-19.

A number of other NHS Trusts will also be helped out by the military as well including at hospitals in Lincolnshire and in London.

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