A Western Isles teacher swapped the classroom for A&E as she took up a frontline role battling Covid-19.
Claire Montgomery, from Stornoway, has dedicated her life to the education sector supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs for 17 years.
But when schools closed, she decided to take up the position of healthcare assistant within NHS Western Isles which became temporarily vacant due shielding restrictions.
Ms Montgomery took up the position within the emergency department at the Western Isles Hospital in April, eager to face the challenges facing the health service head on.
She said: “As soon as I saw the job was advertised I knew this was something I would love to try as I’ve always had a keen interest in healthcare.
“Starting a new role in a busy unfamiliar department and with daily changes due to Covid-19 meant I had to learn very quickly, but with having the opportunity to undertake a wide range of training and with the support and encouragement of fantastic colleagues, I had the confidence to work and put my new skills in to practice.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to work in the emergency department. It was a very rewarding experience and I enjoyed being part of such a great team.”