Zoe Gough
Company : Royal Stoke University Hospital

Zoe Gough

Physiotherapist
A License working towards FS1

Zoe graduated as a physiotherapist 9 months ago and is currently working in the cardiothoracic department at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Since Covid19 pandemic started she has been working mainly in critical care caring for patients with coronavirus.

Zoe explains "In critical care, our patients often have difficulty breathing therefore may require ventilator support and have become weak as a result of admission. As physiotherapists, we provide treatment to aid the clearance of secretions trapped in the airways to help reduce the risk of infections, lung collapse and reduce the need for oxygen. We also help improve the patient’s quality of life through rehabilitation, muscle strengthening, mobility practice and functional activities.

Since Covid 19 our caseload has changed considerably. As both a therapy team and multi-disciplinary team, we have all had to adapt to the ever-changing environment and pressures placed on the hospital. However, I am proud to be a part of the incredible service that the NHS delivers and to do my bit to help treat patients, improving their ability to breathe and aim towards getting them up, moving and home again.

I qualified as an A-licence skydiver in February this year after completing my AFF in Portugal. My local drop zone is Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch where I completed a tandem less than a year ago, inspiring me to continue with the sport. I am hoping to complete my FS1 qualification this year so that I can jump with fellow skydivers. Unfortunately we have not been able to jump due to the lockdown and I miss the feeling of being in the sky but as a healthcare professional in particular, I understand the importance of what we are all doing and am grateful to everyone for doing what they can."

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