When the NHS put out a call for trained staff to return to work and help on the frontlines to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Salvation Army Office, Daniel Holland, stepped up.
Talking about his decision, Daniel said:
“I simply couldn’t stay at home at the weekends when I knew people were suffering. I had to help the NHS because they need my skills at the moment. I will continue to help the NHS for as long as they need me.”
He said he was torn at least, because his role as Assistant Regional Officer in the Salvation Arm’s Homelessness Services Unit was important in order to continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community, but his experience and skills as a trained registered nurse were also in high demand to help care for those affected by COVID-19.
Since Easter, Daniel has worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex at the weekends and bank holidays and continued to work for The Salvation Army Monda to Friday.
Lieutenant Daniel said: “Nursing is so varied and whether I am giving out medications or simply sitting by someone’s side, I don’t see a distinction between my nursing and my officership. When I am a nurse on the ward, I am very much a Salvation Army officer too and I think that brings an added dimension to my role as a nurse. Nursing patients who are critically ill is always emotionally and spiritually demanding but I have that great assurance that tomorrow is a better day.”