An NHS staff worker has recovered from Covid-19 and returned to the frontline at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital.

Sarah Quinton is one of over 50 regional staff workers who have been redeployed to support the frontline teams fighting coronavirus.

She had been working in the role of a Senior Clinical Manager in NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Midlands Nursing and Quality Team.

Now, she has returned to her previous role as a Nurse Consultant at Heartlands Hospital, which is part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

After just two weeks working in her previous role in the intensive care unit, Sarah herself contracted Covid-19.

She said: “It was frightening as working in intensive care you understand what the progression of the illness can be. I was close to being admitted into hospital, but I was fortunate that I made a recovery at home.”

Sarah has now returned to work at Heartlands Hospital and is full of praise for her colleagues.

Ms Quinton, who has had a career in nursing for 37 years said: “The staff have been amazing, and they have just stepped up and delivered the quality care that was needed, at a very challenging time.”

She says one of the key challenges is relatives not being able to visit their loved ones in the hospital.

Sarah said: “Fortunately, it’s calmed down considerably now for us. We are now looking after the usual number of critical care patients we would expect to have at the hospital.”

I would like to thank and pay tribute to Sarah and all our colleagues who are now using their skills and experience on the frontline. We have been hugely inspired by their commitment and willingness to help provide great care at a crucial time for the NHS.

Steve Morrison, Regional Workforce Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands

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