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Princess Sofia on her new job in health care: “Extremely rewarding”

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Princess Sofia of Sweden has completed her first day in her new job at Sophiahemmet Hospital. The Princess has been trained to support and relieve the health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared her experiences of her first day on her Instagram account.

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I förra veckan genomgick jag en sjukvårdsutbildning med fördjupning inom hälsa, vård och omsorg på @sophiahemmet Inom ramen för ”beredskapslyftet” är jag nu placerad på en av sjukhusets vårdavdelningar där jag tillsammans med andra nyutbildade kollegor stöttar och avlastar vårdpersonalen med olika uppgifter, bland annat omsorg av patienter och städning. Sophiahemmet har i sin tur ställt sina resurser till Region Stockholms förfogande. Ett 40-tal medarbetare är utlånade för att arbeta inom intensivvården på akutsjukhusen. Dessutom avlastar Sophiahemmet akutsjukhusen genom att stötta kirurgi inom främst cancer. Jag är sedan tidigare engagerad i Sophiahemmets verksamhet. Att i denna svåra tid få möjlighet att hjälpa till är oerhört givande. Tack!

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On Friday, Princess Sofia started her first day at her new job. As revealed earlier, the Princess now volunteers at Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm to help and relieve the care workers during the corona virus crisis. Sofia and her new colleagues can disinfect equipment, do shifts in the kitchen, clean and take care of patients.

After her first day at work, the Princess shared a photo of her scrubs and other equipment on her Instagram account. With the picture Her Royal Highness also shared her new experiences and speaks out for the first time on her motivations to work at the hospital. Princess Sofia wrote:

” Last week, I went through a medical training with a major in health, wellbeing and care at @sophiahemmet Hospital.
Within the framework of the “emergency relieve”, I am now placed in one of the hospital’s care units where, together with other newly trained colleagues, I support and relieve the care staff with various tasks, including care of patients and cleaning.

Sophiahemmet has in turn made its resources available to the Stockholm region. About 40 employees are lent to work in intensive care at emergency hospitals. In addition, Sophiahemmet relieves emergency hospitals by supporting surgery primarily in cancer. I have previously been involved in Sophiahemmet’s work. To have the opportunity to help in this difficult time is extremely rewarding. Thank you!

Last week, the Princess followed an online emergency course organised by Sophiahemmet University. The course was initially intended for 30 people. The primary focus was on persons who are now temporarily unemployed because of the COVID-19 crisis such as the staff of SAS, a Swedish airline, and the staff of hotels and restaurants. However, people who wanted to contribute to society at these difficult times were also welcome to join. Now 80 people a week are trained at the university of which Princess Sofia was a participant.

The Princess knows Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm very well as she is its Honorary Chair since 2016. She followed in Princess Christina’s footsteps who had been its Honorary Chairwoman since 1972. Each year the Princess also hands out the degrees to the newly trained nurses.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.