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Newcastle nurse in volunteer role at Rio Olympics

A theatre recovery nurse from Newcastle has swapped the River Tyne for Marina da Glória after joining the medical team at the Rio Olympics.

A theatre recovery nurse from Newcastle has swapped the River Tyne for Marina da Glória after joining the medical team at the Rio Olympics.

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The Rio Olympics began this week

Justin Joyce is spending a week volunteering at the marina in Rio during sailing events.

Mr Joyce, who works at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, told Nursing Standard he had not expected to make the team because he applied in June.

Late registrant

‘I got involved by applying on the Olympics website in June as a late registrant,' he said. ‘I did not think anything of it, given how late it was. But emails were sent back and forth requesting CVs and interview-style questions regarding my experiences. Then I got an email saying I was accepted.

‘Thankfully, I have an amazing manager who allowed it to happen by changing the rota and giving me a week’s holiday.’

Pre-hospital care

Mr Joyce added that he was looking forward to meeting fellow healthcare professionals from around the globe.

‘I've always been interested in pre-hospital care and working at large events delivering medical care,' he said. 'I was a St John Ambulance volunteer for six years, delivering first aid and responding to emergency calls.'

 

 

 

 

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