Sweden’s Princess Sofia volunteers as medical assistant in COVID-19 frontlines, earning her much praise from social media. The locals are also happy with the news. After all, while COVID-19 can be dreadful, it’s nice to know that the princess is there at the hospital to help!
From Honorary Chairman to Frontliner
Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland, the 35-year-old wife of Prince Carl Philip, is the honorary chairman at Sophiahemmet Hospital. While her role previously saw her doing ceremonial activities such as ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling, she’s now one of the medical assistants fighting against COVID-19.
There are currently over 22,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sweden. Just like in many places, a lot of their hospitals are filled to capacity and the health workers working extra long hours to save the people. But Princess Sofia proved that she is more than just royalty and a pretty face.
“I am now placed in one of the hospital’s care departments, where together with other newly trained colleagues, I support and relieve the healthcare staff with different tasks. To have the opportunity to help at this difficult time is extremely rewarding,” she wrote on Instagram.
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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!
It was revealed that like the hospital’s other volunteers, she won’t be directly handling COVID-19 patients but her responsibilities include supporting doctors and nurses by disinfecting equipment and also doing shifts in the kitchen and cleaning around the hospital.
“In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of health care professionals,” announced the Swedish Royal Court.
Who is Princess Sofia?
Princess Sofia is a ‘commoner’ before becoming royalty after marrying Prince Carl Philip and becoming a princess of Sweden in 2015. She used to be a glamour model and reality television contestant.
More than just a pretty face, though, Princess Sofia has a degree in accounting, specializing in business development. She has also studied global ethics, child and youth science, children’s communication and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in theory, and in Swedish practice at Stockholm University.
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