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Coronavirus / NHS appeals for health workers to return to service during virus pandemic

Gilbert Bain Hospital. Photo: Shetland News

NHS Shetland is appealing for people with medical backgrounds to return to practice to help out during the health board’s response to coronavirus.

The NHS is interested in all health professionals including registered nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers, medical practitioners, dentists and biomedical scientists.

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to put strain on not only NHS Shetland but health boards across the country.

NHS Shetland’s director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said: “I would like to appeal to people in Shetland who are health professionals to ask if you would be willing to join our NHS bank and provide support to us during this unprecedented public health emergency.

“We will provide some training and orientation to get you back into NHS practice safely and offer ad hoc shifts or regular working depending on your circumstances.”

Interim medical director Brian Chittick added: “If you have lapsed your registration, then the regulatory bodies will be writing to all registrants who have left the professional register in the last three years.”

If you would like to know more and put forward an expression of interest, contact: shet-hb.information@nhs.net