This week, we are delighted to welcome over 90 nursing and midwifery students to St George’s as part of our response to Covid-19.

The second and third year students will provide care and support for patients on our wards, including those treating patients with Covid-19.

The group of student nurses attended the first day of their week long induction yesterday (Monday, 11 May), and will this week begin work on both our adult and paediatric wards at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals. Our education and simulation teams will also be supporting them in refresher skills this week before they are deployed to the wards.

All 90 students will be working under an amended programme, and be a key part of our team here at St George’s. We are delighed that student nurses from across London and the south east have chosen to be part of the Covid-19 response at St George’s.

Each student has a trained assesor, practice educator and clinical teacher allocated to support them, together with our nursing teams.

Darius Leung-Kwok is one of the students joining us this week from King’s College London . He said:

“I am very excited to be starting here as a student nurse to help during the Covid-19 outbreak. For me, there were no ifs, buts or maybes about it – I wanted to help in any small way I can. I am ecstatic to be here at St George’s in particular, because this is where I was born – so it’s like I am giving back to the hospital I was born in.”

Robert Bleasdale, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Infection, Prevention and Control, said:

“It’s great to have such bright and enthusiastic nurses like Darius join us here at St George’s. We want to make sure our student nurses have a positive experience of nursing here at the Trust, and the experiences they gain – particularly at the moment – will be massively important in their future careers.”

“International Nurses’ Day this week reminds us once again that nurses are such an important and integral part of hospital life, and our nursing teams have been absolutely instrumental in our response to Covid-19 at St George’s, as I knew they would be.”