Sarah Hartle successfully gained her dental hygienist qualification at university on the day the country went into lockdown.
But the 34-year-old, from Manchester, wasn’t going to let that stop her from helping people.
She was frustrated that she couldn’t start her new role but when she heard about NHS Test and Trace, she was excited about the opportunity to put those years of hard work into practice.
And in no time at all she was dealing with all sorts of cases – including a new frantic mum who had tested positive for coronavirus.
Sarah – a mum of two herself – explains: “I helped her identify any close contacts that she may have missed in this hugely emotional and distressing time and reassured her about the support that was available to her and her husband during their period of isolation.
“She said the NHS staff were incredible at helping her through the birth and afterwards she received over the phone midwife support. “
Sarah (above) has experienced first-hand the devastating effects of the pandemic, losing someone she knew who was fit and well with no underlying conditions when they contracted coronavirus. She understands the importance of NHS Test and Trace in helping to eradicate this disease.
She adds: “I know how damaging the coronavirus pandemic is to both lives and the economy. As a healthcare professional I know that the only way to stop this pandemic is through a test and trace service. I urge people to isolate it they have symptoms, get tested and share their contacts with people like me so that we can prevent the virus spreading and save lives.”