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She works 12 hour shifts on a Covid ward and then runs laps round Regent's Park in London.

Perhaps Priya Gopaldas will be able to handle villa drama…

The medical student, 23, is set to become the latest Love Island bombshell, and has spent the past week isolating in Mallorca ahead of her arrival on the ITV2 show, which could be later this week.

Four Islanders left last night following the results of a public vote, but it won't be long until the numbers are bumped up again with fresh contestants.

Priya documented her gruelling stints on a Covid ward at University College London Hospital during the height of the pandemic.

She said she got through it by avoiding biscuits in the staff room, taking naps on breaks and going for a run straight after her shift to stay positive.

"End of shift four thoughts…convinced fatigue is mental," she wrote.

She also posted a video of her running up 16 flights of stairs in her scrubs in one minute 58 seconds, and said she 'warmed up' for a night shift on the Intensive Care Unit by running 8km in 34 minutes.

"I find that long distance running has not only helped to develop my stamina, but also my mental strength and resilience," she said last year.

"I now constantly feel ready to deal with any challenges that arise."

Priya is a fifth-year medical student at University College London and worked on the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit earlier this year.

She volunteered her services on the Covid ward post-Christmas, after students based at the UCL hospital were contacted asking if they could assist helping with the mounting cases.

She worked six day, 12 hour night shifts in the understaffed department, supporting doctors and nurses.

Speaking in January, Priya said: "I decided to throw myself in at the deep end and take on the challenge of a 12-hour night shift, despite having never done one before.

"I was shocked to see how ill the patients were. Most patients were intubated, ventilated and sedated, needing round the clock monitoring and care."

Away from her studies, Priya is a keen runner and was aiming to complete a challenge of six marathons in six days later this year.

The Londoner is also a globe trotter, visiting countries including Tanzania, Macedonia, North America, Italy, Jamaica and France over the past two years – most of which she documented on her Instagram page which is littered with bikini pictures.

While social secretary for UCL Medical School's netball team, she said: "Don't stress about work – Hakuna Matata!"

Good luck, Priya!

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