Earlier this year we heard from RLSS UK Ambassador for Wales, Douglas Thomas, as he had secured a volunteer role at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. We caught up with Douglas at the end of the Games to see how he got on...

"I had a brilliant time working with some wonderful Doctors, NHS  Consultants, ITU Nurses and many other NHS Specialists at the main Athletes Village in Birmingham. What an incredible experience it's been. I was appointed to work as a First Responder with the Medical Team. My role was an entirely voluntary one at the athlete's village. Within the village, I was based at the field hospital looking after the main athletes, and our services were used a good number of times over the two-week period!

"The field hospital was well equipped - very much like what you would find at a typical NHS hospital in the UK. I initially felt nervous working with people who had a lot more medical experience/knowledge than me, but I was made to feel at ease very quickly.

"We also had a visit last week from Steve Barclay (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care). He came to the athlete's village to thank the many volunteers supporting the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. It's been an incredible two weeks - and one I will not forget!"

Douglas Thomas Commonwealth Games

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