In 2018 I had the privilege to work with the NHS Blood and Transplant service, documenting the work that they do. They are a little appreciated but significant cog in the machine that is the NHS. NHSBT collect blood from the public and deliver it 24 hours a day to hospitals throughout the country. They also deliver machinery and equipment not only during the current crisis but at all other times as well. NHSBT are delivering equipment, PPE and still carrying blood to where it is needed every hour of every day. When the time comes to distribute test kits and vaccines NHSBT will be distributing them.
While everyone is supporting the ‘frontline’ NHS staff, I would also like to thank all of those unseen people who contribute to the organisation; The Blood Service, the laboratory staff, the cleaners, the cooks, the people who work in the supply chain, who sterilise the equipment, who maintain the equipment, the drivers and staff who keep the supply chain working, the receptionists and secretarial staff who administrate every department, the ambulance drivers and everyone else who is putting themselves and their families at risk to fight this virus.
Out of a workforce of over a million people less than half of those working in the NHS are doctors and nursing staff. Thank you to everyone doing their part, no matter how insignificant it may seem, you all do a vital job.