Aspiring doctor and Putney High School sixth form student, Ella, has been as busy outside of the classroom as she has in school for the past few months.
Ella has been volunteering at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and has shown fantastic commitment, particularly in these difficult times.
When asked about her work, Ella said;
“I started working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in October as a volunteer on general medicine and elderly wards. My role has been to relieve some of the pressure that is on nurses, as well as chatting to patients and keeping them company. It is particularly important at the moment because there are no visitors allowed on the wards so many patients are very lonely.”
“More recently, I have been part of a team working on the hospital’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, supporting staff to process appointments as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
“I want to be a doctor and I feel very privileged to be able to volunteer at the hospital during such extraordinary times. I’ve seen how the virus affects not only the patients but all the staff who work tirelessly at the hospital. I have so much respect for everyone in the NHS and I feel honoured to be able to support them as a volunteer.”
And it seems that Ella’s respect for the NHS staff she has been working with is reciprocated. One of the senior volunteers for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said;
“In the short time Ella has been with us she has volunteered nearly 100 hours which is an amazing contribution given her academic commitments. She has really impressed our team with her work ethic and her cheerful and enthusiastic approach. She has supported many staff on wards and brightened up the days of numerous patients. She is a real credit to your School.”
Well done, Ella. Keep up the good work!