A boost to NHS employees came from the Harry Potter Studios. Healthcare workers will now go to their hospitals by Harry Potter Studios' tour buses.
Branded Harry Potter Studios' buses that normally carry fans to Warner Bros. The Harry Potter Studio Tour in the U.K. Used to move key staff of the National Health Service (NHS) free of charge between coronavirus-fighting hospitals.
Busses have been issued by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Bus Operator Golden Tours to move key staff between West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust's three locations.
Paul da Gama, chief people officer at West Herts Hospitals, said: “Our workforce has been depleted due to sickness or self-isolation and so it’s really important that those staff who are well but have transport issues can come back.”
He added: “A special shuttle bus, which will have strict social distancing rules, is the perfect solution and we are so grateful to Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Golden Tours for making this happen. Our staff might not be traveling to exotic locations or seeing behind the scenes of a major movie, but they will be making magic happen in their own way.”
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the fantastic beasts @WarnerBrosUK and @GoldenTours, our amazing #NHS staff can now jump on a free hourly shuttle bus service to travel between our hospital sites - our very own Hospital Express!?????>?— West Herts Hospitals (@WestHertsNHS) April 13, 2020
Details here: https://t.co/gtbHreC3Od
The free service runs daily between the three locations of the Trust, with the first journey beginning just after 6 a.m. Then the final drop-off at 10:40 p.m.
Warner Bros.'s spokesman Studios Leavesden has said: “We couldn’t think of a better way to use the buses at this time. We are delighted to play a part in supporting our local NHS in its time of need.”
Harry Potter Studios had suspended their tour in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
During the month after that, "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling, who has recently confirmed that she has had coronavirus symptoms, launched the "Harry Potter at Home" interactive portal, featuring craft videos, quizzes, puzzles and posts for fans.
The report was published as the official death toll of the United Kingdom collected by the national health authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which account for just 12,000 in-hospital deaths since the epidemic started.
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