STAFF from NHS Forth Valley have volunteered to be part of the workforce at Scotland's temporary coronavirus hospital in Glasgow.

NHS Louisa Jordan at the SEC was equipped to be clinically ready to treat patients if required last month and a number of key workers from the local health board have volunteered to be a part of the effort if needed.

Louise Boyle, NHS Forth Valley's head of nursing for emergency and inpatient services, has since been appointed as one of two associate nurse directors at the temporary Glasgow hospital.

A number of other staff also volunteered to work there, including doctors, nurses, radiologists, healthcare support workers and pharmacists.

Many have since undergone induction training and some are being trained to operate equipment such as CT scanners and mobile x-ray units.

Louise Boyle is honoured to have been asked to join the team.

She said: “I was immediately welcomed into the team which comprised experts and colleagues from a wide range of services with diverse backgrounds and rich with knowledge and experience.

“We knew we had to work quickly and the one shared goal and determination brought us together.

“In 20 days the hospital was ready to receive patients.

“I have embraced my role, never knowing what I would be doing next, from working with contractors to developing pathways and protocols and ensuring that standards provided would match those expected in any acute hospital.

“I was immediately struck by the sense of trust and camaraderie, everyone is in this together.

“It has provided a fantastic opportunity to bring some of the learning back to NHS Forth Valley, particularly how to overcome any obstacles and drive forward change.

“This has been a once in a lifetime experience and one I will never forget.”

The senior nurse has also paid tribute to those who volunteered to re-deploy if required.

She added: “I am extremely proud of the response from our staff.

“Their willingness to work at this new national facility is an inspiration for us all.

“I am grateful to everyone who has offered their services it is reassuring to know that if this facility is needed now or in future we will be well prepared and ready to care immediately.”