Reverend Dr Jonathan Mole, of St Luke’s Church, Gamston and Bridgford, has returned to the Queen’s Medical Centre, where he spent 14 years as an Anaesthetist Consultant, to support his old team; swapping his dog collar to don his scrubs during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Whilst still carrying out his church duties remotely and virtually, Jonathan is working two days a week in the theatres at the QMC, working on some emergency and elective surgeries.
Hannah Sycamore, Consultant Anaesthetist and Head of Service, Theatres & Anaesthesia, at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, said:
“The teamwork and dedication of everyone in the Anaesthetic Department has meant that our response during the pandemic has been exceptional. Not only have we sustained our dedicated emergency provision but we have also continued to treat patients requiring planned surgery for clinically urgent conditions and cancer surgery.
“Using our in-house simulator to familiarise drills and skills such as intubation, and daily training sessions in theatres, we were able to ensure Jonathan was brought up to speed before his temporary return to Anaesthesia.
“It has been a pleasure to welcome Jonathan back during these challenging times as a much respected and valued member of the team. Jonathan has made a very worthwhile contribution to our work and we are all extremely grateful to him”
Describing his decision to embark on a new journey at the church, Jonathan said:
"It's been a great privilege for me to come back to help at this particular time of pressure, working again with colleagues I know so well. Both my callings, as a doctor and as a pastor involve caring for people as whole persons; the physical, the mental and the spiritual! This time of separation and threat helps us focus on the things that really matter."
The church has been very supportive of Jonathan’s temporary return to Anaesthesia, to support Nottingham University Hospitals, including the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, who said:
“When Jonathan was ordained last summer we always knew that his years of experience in health care would be sure to shape the character of his new work as a priest. We didn’t expect it would include returning so soon to the frontline in response to a pandemic but we are very thankful that he has been able to join many others who are making an enormous difference through the outstanding care provided at Nottingham University Hospitals.