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Nurse volunteers needed for hospital ship

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International charity Mercy Ships is appealing for UK nurses to volunteer to help people in West Africa over the next 10 months.

Staffed by more than 400 volunteers at any one time, the charity ship Africa Mercy has the capacity to treat up to 6,000 patients every year.

According to Mercy Ships, the vessel urgently needs nurses to commit to volunteering for upcoming outreach work in Guinea, which starts at the end of this month.

The ship requires general adult and paediatric nurses, as well as those specialising in theatre and intensive care. Nurses can volunteer from as little as two weeks at a time.

Judy Polkinhorn, executive director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “We urgently need registered nurses to commit to volunteering on the ship during our outreach over the next 10 months in order that we can provide the level of medical care we planned to the people of Guinea.

“We need adult ICU nurses from this November and adult and paediatric ward nurses from January 2013.”

She added: “Around 750 nurses from around the world volunteer on the ship each year and they are at the heart of our work.

“They provide kind, loving care to all our patients, many of whom have never seen a doctor or been inside a hospital before.”

For more information call Mercy Ships UK on 01438 727800.

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