Ipswich hospice goes blue to mark Year of the Nurse

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St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich has marked the first ever Year of the Nurse celebration by encouraging staff and patients’ relatives to wear something blue, as a way to say ‘thank you’ to key workers around the world.

Both staff at the hospice and family members of patients at home have been wearing blue clothing and even blue PPE masks blue this month. Families have also been sharing their messages of thanks on social media and via testimonials sent to the hospice.

One person to leave a message is Philip Mann, whose wife Audrey was cared for by the hospice. “The amazing care from the hospice team, who visited every morning and evening, gave Audrey the dignity and love she needed to feel as comfortable as possible in her last few days” he wrote.

“You were all such an encouragement to us, thank you. We, in turn, would like to encourage you, and cheer you on in the great work you are doing.”

Hannah Bloom, Director of Income Generation at St Elizabeth Hospice, commented: “This year more than ever is a year to celebrate the fantastic work of all healthcare professionals.

“The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has shone the spotlight on the great work of nurses across the globe and the Year of the Nurse initiative is a timely opportunity to unite and celebrate these individuals.

“It has been so nice to see staff and the families of patients coming together to share their messages of thanks and to wear blue in support of our key workers and it has also been an opportunity to showcase the importance of our #HereTogether appeal which is proving to be a great support to the hospice during lockdown.”

The clinical staff at St Elizabeth are working in partnership with the NHS and other partners to expand services both in the community and at the hospice in response to Coronavirus, whilst continuing to care for patients with non-Covid end of life and palliative care needs.

A new rapid response co-ordination centre has been created to cope with the increase in demand for clinical advice and end of life care in the community, doubling the capacity of the hospice’s existing OneCall telephone advice helpline.

Sarah Empson, Health Care Assistant Nurse at St Elizabeth Hospice, added: “The Year of the Nurse gives us recognition for all the team’s work and it feels like we’re one big community together. It’s so rewarding helping families and patients get through their difficult times and making their lives better.

“The most memorable moments on the job have been getting a patient ready for their wedding day and helping to organise a princess party for a patient’s daughter. It’s those little things that can make their day.”

For more information visit St Elizabeth Hospice

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