A Swedish princess will join frontline workers at a hospital treating coronavirus patients

ReutersPrincess Sofia and Prince Carl of Sweden.
  • Princess Sofia of Sweden will help relieve the work of healthcare staff at a Stockholm hospital that is treating coronavirus patients.
  • The royal court announced the princess will volunteer at Sophiahemmet Hospital after taking a three-day medical emergency training course.
  • Sofia will not interact with coronavirus patients, but will instead carry out duties – such as disinfecting equipment – to support healthcare workers who are.
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Princess Sofia will help support coronavirus staff at a hospital in Stockholm, the Swedish royal court has announced.

The former model took a three-day medical emergency training course that will allow her to volunteer at Sophiahemmet Hospital, the royal court confirmed to Royal Central.

The princess’ role won’t involve direct contact with coronavirus patients, but rather it will include supporting the healthcare professionals who are treating them.

The online training, which is run by Sophiahemmet University, prepares people without experience in a medical environment to be able to take on support duties, which could include disinfecting equipment, cleaning, or working in the kitchen.

“In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of healthcare professionals,” a spokesperson for the royal court told Royal Central.

The spokesperson did not include a start date for the princess.

Sofia – wife to Prince Carl Philip – has worked closely with the hospital in the past, serving as Honorary Chair since 2016.

She regularly completes charity work as part of her role within the Swedish royal family. She helped set up Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s Foundation after her wedding in 2015, to counteract online bullying and hate speech.

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