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Trust pays tribute to its exceptional staff on International Nurses Day

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (WWL) has today (Tuesday 12th May) paid tribute to its exceptional staff in a year that is the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Today, International Nurses Day, also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control.

The Trust wanted to show it’s appreciation to its staff by planting new trees and rose bushes in their honour and by lighting the Trust’s new Tree of Hope blue at Royal Albert Edward infirmary in Wigan.

Located close to the infirmary’s Christopher Home building, trees have been planted by staff in recognition of International Nurses day, International Day of the Midwife last week and to also mark National ODP Day this Thursday (14th May).

Colleagues planting the trees have also done so in honour of the colleagues we’ve lost since the pandemic broke out.
Helen Richardson, Chief Nurse at WWL said: “All our staff at WWL are caring for patients at what is an unprecedented time for the NHS.

“On International Nurses Day we wanted to say thank you to our nurses and all our staff and to particularly recognise the contribution of the profession of Nursing. I am, as Chief Nurse, incredibly proud of the compassion and professionalism our nurses show in providing the best possible care to our patients and the support they show to one another they are truly exceptional.

“Many of the celebrations we had planned for a year that is the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwives have been put on hold due to the pandemic. We wanted to mark the importance of the professions and pay tribute to our staff by planting new trees in their honour.

“Many of former nurses have returned to help the NHS with the greatest health emergency in its history.

“It’s no different here at WWL, we are extremely thankful for those who have returned to work and to our healthcare students choosing to take up extended clinical placements. We’re actively encouraging people to still come and join our WWL Family.

“We’d love to do more for to celebrate International Nurses Day, but this occasion falls in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and we’re restricted in what we can do.

“I sincerely hope in somewhere our tree planting and our huge thanks goes some way to showing our support to not only my colleagues here, but across the country.

This International Nurses Day, we will be asking people to ‘Shine a Light’ for our brilliant nurses at 8.30pm this evening (Tuesday), to show their thanks. Light is a visible symbol of welcome, hope and warmth.

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