Wales veteran Roberts volunteers with frontline workers

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by RUGBY.com.au staff

Wales veteran and Stormers centre Jamie Roberts is volunteering with frontline health workers in Cardiff after returning home from South Africa.

Roberts, a trained doctor, returned to his home last month and is volunteering in Cardiff, working as a clinical innovation fellow with the Cardiff and Vale Health Board.

The 33-year-old has also been using his time involved with the service to highlight the people who are devoting their time and putting themselves at risk to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

"So here we are. Global pandemic," he wrote in an Instagram post..

"It’s a privilege to be able to volunteer with the NHS Cardiff & Vale trust as an honorary fellow and join our countries (sic) best team.

So here we are. Global pandemic. It’s a privilege to be able to volunteer with the NHS Cardiff & Vale trust as an honorary fellow and join our countries best team. It’s going to take the effort of everyone in our country to overcome this and each one of us has a part to play, however small or insignificant it may feel. We’re all part of the team. I guess the sooner we ALL buy in to the solution, the sooner we’ll overcome this together. There’s a lot of fear out there and understandably so. People are dying and families are grieving. I really feel we can help to limit that fear through education. Specifically, through sharing much of the good being done by different departments within the NHS and sharing the stories of goodwill in the wider business community. This way we’ll hopefully gain more of an understanding of what is actually being done to fight the virus outbreak. So each day I’m going to be writing a blog (will send link when ready!) and using my social media platforms to share the best of what is happening within the health trust here in Cardiff. The past three days, I’ve been amazed at the work ethic and resilience of each member of staff I’ve come across, all working through very difficult times. First up - DRIVE-THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH COVID SCREENING Loved meeting the team here on the grounds of Whitchurch Hospital. They’re setup to test healthcare staff and their immediate families. Will is usually an orthodontist, Jo usually works in dementia research, Lucy for the community resource team, Julie and Jane for the acute response team and Rhys in haematology clinical trials. All have been redeployed to help test our staff and play their part

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It’s going to take the effort of everyone in our country to overcome this and each one of us has a part to play, however small or insignificant it may feel. We’re all part of the team. I guess the sooner we ALL buy in to the solution, the sooner we’ll overcome this together.

There’s a lot of fear out there and understandably so. People are dying and families are grieving.

"I really feel we can help to limit that fear through education.

"Specifically, through sharing much of the good being done by different departments within the NHS and sharing the stories of goodwill in the wider business community. This way we’ll hopefully gain more of an understanding of what is actually being done to fight the virus outbreak.

"So each day I’m going to be writing a blog (will send link when ready!) and using my social media platforms to share the best of what is happening within the health trust here in Cardiff."

Roberts has posted about all of the departments he has been involved with during his time working, including those screening for coronavirus symptoms, those managing hospital admissions and those responsible for keeping the hospitals clean.