Prince William ‘Wants To Return As Air Ambulance Pilot’ Amid Pandemic
Despite the fears surrounding the global pandemic, Coronavirus, Prince William has said he wants to return to the National Health Service (NHS) as an air ambulance pilot, Metro UK reports.
As reportedly daily, since the outbreak, the NHS is under immense strain as cases of coronavirus rise across the country. So far 1,408 people have died from the virus, while there are 22,141 confirmed cases in the nation.
The Duke of Cambridge flew as a medic for two years with the East Anglian Air Ambulance but ended his role in 2017 to become a full-time senior royal. He is reported to have said he misses the job while visiting an NHS call centre in Croydon, London, earlier this month.
‘William has been seriously considering returning as an air ambulance pilot to help in the current pandemic. He knows the whole country is doing its bit and he wants to help’, The Sun reports.
The 37-year-old prince’s role as a senior royal has grown in importance over recent weeks, with his father, Prince Charles, testing positive for coronavirus. The Prince of Wales, 71, is now said to be out of isolation and ‘in good health’, but remains in the ‘high-risk’ group for the virus due to his age.
In March, William became the patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity, established in 1989, which helps fund rapid emergency care across the capital. Jonathan Jenkins, the CEO of the charity, said they were ‘honoured’ by the appointment, adding: ‘The Duke truly understands our work and knows that every second count in an emergency.’
At an event last year, William said of the charity: ‘I landed on the London Air Ambulance helipad on multiple occasions during my job. I can tell you that it is an essential part of the medical chain in London and speeds up the process of patients getting to care.’