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University of Surrey students help NHS fight coronavirus

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University of Surrey students help NHS fight coronavirus

Published at 6:00am 14th April 2020. (Updated at 1:10pm 20th April 2020)

The University of Surrey says it has "stepped up" its own response to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

It is supporting the NHS by supplying volunteers from final-year nursing, midwifery and paramedic courses. 

Two anaesthetic machines have also been sent to the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

The Guildford-based university is also allowing NHS staff to use its clinical skills and simulation wards and computer laboratories. 

Professor Melaine Coward is Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey said:

"We are incredibly grateful to all our students and staff who have heeded the country’s call to action and signed up to support the NHS.

"They have demonstrated the character, knowledge and skill to care for patients during these unprecedented times and we are extremely proud of them.

"Our partnerships with the local NHS organisations have always been strong but this is evident now, more than ever."