Over the past two weeks FANY (PRVC) volunteers have given the equivalent of 90 days operational support to a number of organisations, including the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and the NHS Nightingale Hospital, London.
The Corps first helped to set up and staff hospitals during the First World War. Today we are providing ongoing shifts of volunteers filling key roles in the NHS Site Operations Room at NHS Nightingale Hospital, London.
Formally opened today by HRH Prince of Wales and the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, it is makeshift 4,000-bed “field hospital”, staffed by a combination of NHS staff and some military medical personnel.
Similar hospitals are planned across the UK, including in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Harrogate and Bristol.
Commandant Philippa Lorimer MBE said –
“I am so proud to be in charge of this truly remarkable group of women.
Everyone is rising to the challenge magnificently, whether they are supporting remotely or are out working on the ground.
Remember that, for many members, this means juggling their FANY volunteering with working from home, looking after families, home-educating children, caring for elderly relatives, supporting in their local communities and trying to cram in some sleep …
So far we have provided the equivalent of over 90 days of operational support in two weeks. Over 100 years ago the Corps was setting up and running field hospitals, today we are privileged and humbled to be working with the NHS to do the same in this time of national crisis.
As ever, our Corps motto Arduis Invicta - in difficulties unconquered – stands as reassurance and as our call to action.”