I’ve been a nurse since 1985 and in the last eight years I’ve specialised in travel health, most recently as the Regional Operations Manager for MASTA in the North. When COVID-19 hit, we had to close our clinics, and I was furloughed. I’ve worked since I was 16 and it was strange adjusting, so I was glad when my employers suggested I volunteer for the NHS COVID-19 testing scheme. After completing my training in a park and ride facility in Leeds, I am now training other volunteers to carry out COVID-19 tests. It’s good to be able to contribute in a small way to the fight against the pandemic.
I have a bowl of porridge before leaving the house. You can’t just snack when you’re wearing full PPE so it’s important to fill up until lunchtime. I also drink lots of water on the way to the testing site because again, I can’t just nip for a drink whenever I want. It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re wearing a mask all day.
I arrive on site, have a quick chat with the other trainers and get the training area set up. We make sure handouts are ready and all the relevant social distancing measures are in place. I also use this time to refresh my memory on new training processes.