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'First Class Lounge' for NHS staff at Frimley Park Hospital

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'First Class Lounge' for NHS staff at Frimley Park Hospital

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 4th May 2020. (Updated at 7:30am 4th May 2020)

Frontline NHS workers will be able to visit a 'First Class Lounge' at Frimley Park Hospital from today (4 May) for some much-needed respite.

Airline crew who have been furloughed, grounded, or made redundant due to the coronavirus outbreak have joined forces to launch Project Wingman, which aims to deliver first class service to NHS staff during the pandemic.

It will be a place for health workers to take a break, as well as being able to chat to uniformed crew members, or have something to eat and drink.

Stephanie Bloxidge, who was a captain for Flybe, is the team leader at the Frimley project:

"We believe that the NHS give first class treatment to their patients all the time and now, more than ever, they are working harder than ever before, longer shifts without any respite.

"I hope that we're never going to see another pandemic like this in our lifetime.

"But if we can just try and see the positive of this and really help get our NHS staff through what is a really, really tough time, then to me we've tried to do the best out of a bad situation."

Project Wingman
Project Wingman has already opened lounges at The Whittington Hospital and North Middlesex University Hospital in London

Donations of a variety of items, including food, drink and soft furnishings, can be made online, simply include a note that it is for Frimley Park Hospital.