easyJet has announced cabin crew volunteers will support the Nightingale hospitals (NHS ExCeL field hospital) to to support frontline clinical staff faced with battling the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the company said.
Those who sign up will perform clinical support roles, under the close instruction of nurses and senior clinicians on the wards at the NHS Nightingale Hospitals across the country. The NHS has confirmed that they are being built in London, Birmingham and Manchester with other site being considered.
They will change beds, tend to patients and ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Many airline staff are ideal volunteers as they have been first aid trained and hold other medical qualifications as well as being security cleared. Expert training will be provided to all new recruits when they sign up. With the majority of flights currently suspended as a result of the pandemic, cabin crew will be able to put their unique skill set to use during this time to provide much needed support to the NHS. easyJet has around 4000 cabin crew in the UK across easyJet´s 11 bases up and down the UK.
The airline has been working with the NHS to enable both its crew and head office communities to volunteer during this time, from mobilising highly-skilled crew volunteers to directly support clinical services in hospitals, to volunteering as an NHS responder.