By NHS staff for NHS staff
Inspired by a life-changing event, Rooms4NHS was established to help NHS staff find an accommodation during COVID-19 crisis. I am an Orthopaedic surgeon at Oxford University Hospital NHS trust. You may have seen my story on BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-52032909 or Oxfordmail https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18332799.doctor-kicked-landlord-coronavirus-fears/ or The Dailymail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8151771/NHS-surgeon-flung-rented-room-landlady-feared-coronavirus.html . Since I have received fantastic response from the great British public and many NHS or academic organisations. They offered help with accommodation and stay. Many said they would like to help any NHS staff that have been struggling to find somewhere to stay during the COVID crisis or made to leave their residence. I started this initiative to help NHS staff in similar situation. Our team is NHS staff working for NHS staff
PATRICK GARFJELD ROBERTS
y name is Patrick, and up until recently I’d have called myself an orthopaedic surgery trainee, but I am now part of the ‘proning team’ (turning patients onto their front) at the intensive care unit in Oxford. Orthopaedic surgeons, so the joke goes, aren’t the smartest bunch, and a physical role fits our stereotype, but proning is actually the single most effective treatment on ITU: on average, you need to turn six patients to save a life!
I’m proud to be part of this cause. It’s a rotten situation, but if anyone finds themselves homeless as a result of this, we want to match them to the generosity of spirit of the British public so they can keep up the fight against this virus.
Sian is an NHS nurse and a mum who is working to ensure her patients and her children get the best. She has worked in Oxford, London and Liverpool. and Now she is on maternity leave from her job as a specialist nurse at the Liverpool Foundation trust. She is supporting Rooms4NHS whilst looking after a baby and a toddler. As a student nurse and a nurse later she knows how hard it can be to find a place to live while changing jobs at best of times. Sian is so keen to help other NHS staff to ensure they are housed and live in a comfortable environment while they are working hard to fight COVID-19.
THE GREAT BRITISH PEOPLE
Hosts, Landlords, Organisations
No successful team without a background force behind it to drive it forward. For us in Rooms4NHS it is the Great British people who have opened their doors to host and help NHS staff. They offered rooms, flats, houses, cottages, boats and even their own residence to help NHS staff. With their help the NHS will defeat COVID-19.
So thank you to everyone who have offered to help and made this initiative possible.
Alex works in the property sector and is originally from Hungary. She has moved to London five years ago from Paris. Living in international communities and often moving houses, she understands how difficult and stressful it can be to find the right place you can call home. Alex is grateful for every healthcare and key worker that are aiding communities in these tiring times. She hopes that with a little volunteering here and there, we can all help to get through this together.
Imogen works in the property sector but was a medical photographer so has spent many hours in different hospitals.
She understands how stressful it is to find accommodation particularly at the moment and is a volunteer helping match people and property.
She has been blown away by the generosity of the British people and hopes to help NHS staff and key workers continue their great work.
Tess works in compliance for the property sector. She’s previously worked for a housing association offering specialist care and support and the private healthcare sector, advising clients and hospital discharge teams on residential and domiciliary care packages.
Tess has experience in finding housing solutions during stressful times and hopes she can help in our shared goal of finding alternative homes for key workers during the pandemic.