A Wirral-based company is pulling out all the stops to try to help hospitals struggling because of the coronavirus.

The increasing number of patients seriously ill with Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals is adding to the tremendous pressure already faced by staff.

The nurses training company, My Nurses Life (MNL) is trying to help ease that pressure, both locally and nationally, by running intensive on-line courses for both nurses wanting to return to practice and overseas nurses.

MNL founder and Managing Director, Helen Romnes, said: “They need to pass an examination called the OSCE before they can practice on hospital wards and in nursing homes and we have been running both face-to-face and virtual courses to help them pass.

“Because of the government restrictions imposed to tackle the virus it is increasingly difficult to run our four day face-to-face courses but that is where the virtual sessions we have developed come to the fore.

“I am delighted to say that we have an impressive 100% pass rate and those successful nurses are then going straight onto wards to put their skills to good use.”

Helen explained that overseas nurses can find it hard to settle and lack confidence but MNL plan to blend their classroom sessions with return-to-practice nurses whose experience will prove invaluable to the new recruits.

“The country currently has an estimated 40,000 shortfall of nurses and I’m happy that MNL is getting both new and return-to-practice nurses through the OSCE so they can help the sick,” she said.

“We have run training courses all over the country, including Liverpool and London, and to give students the best possible study environment we rent hotels where they can both learn and stay, so avoiding the worry of daily travel. It has proved to be a very successful innovation as our pass rate is unsurpassed,” she added.