12th May is International Nurses Day – chosen to coincide with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Around the world people use this day to pay tribute and say “thank you” to hard working nurses everywhere and the vital work they do.
The event at Hampton Grange saw Richard Claridge, Meg Fallon and other senior managers donning vintage nursing outfits, rolling up their sleeves and demonstrating their practical nursing skills. All come from a fully qualified nursing background, with over 100 years of collective nursing experience between them. They were advocating a “back to basics” approach in a fun themed day with a serious message behind it.
Richard Claridge, who qualified as a nurse in 1982, said “Not only is this a great opportunity to thank our hardworking nursing staff for all that they do, but it also serves as a great reminder that sometimes it can be the smallest things that make the difference, things that can get forgotten in the modern, technological world we live in today. Things like making time for a smile and an unhurried conversation.”
Meg Fallon, Area Manager, spent the day dressed as Florence Nightingale. She said “It’s been such a pleasure to be involved today and take the opportunity to thank our hard working nurses. Our Nursing Homes would not function without them and, of course, our lovely carers too – we can’t forget them!” She went on, “I qualified as a nursee in 1981 and things have moved on quite a bit since then - but the basics don’t change.”
“We appreciate all your care and the way you treat our father with such dignity and kindness. Please thank all of your staff.”—
"We cannot thank you enough for all you did for our dear Mother - as you know, she thought you were all lovely, lovely people. Mum loved the food at Hampton Grange, especially the puddings!”
"We wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did to take care of Mum. She always looked lovely and seemed content in her world. We couldn't have asked for more. Please pass on our thanks to the team.”—
“Just a short note to thank you all for taking care of T---- with such kindness and compassion during his final weeks, and also for the welcome we always received when visiting.”—
"I would like to thank you all for your kindness and cheerfulness, and for looking after both my Mother and her visitors so well. It was really like a home from home."—
“I wish to thank you for the superb level of care you provided to K---- during her time at Lynhales (some 11 years). As a former nurse, I’m sure she would have appreciated it."—
“I would like to thank you for the kind and unstinting care my Mother received during her stay at Hampton Grange. Thanks for always being there and addressing any issue that arose immediately and satisfactorily."—
"Thank you to you all for the care and kindness shown to our Mum, O---- when she was with you at Hampton Grange. It was a comfort to us to know she was being looked after so well by you all."—
Dear Sister Dora and all the staff. Please would you accept our thanks for all the care and attention you so warmly gave to my Mother in the last few months of her life whilst in your lovely Home and this is more.—
"The staff were fantastic with my mum in her final few days. They were kind, respectful and maintained her dignity to the end. Not only that, but their treatment of us as a family was above and beyond."—
“We can’t find enough words to thank you all for everything that you did for Dad. To say it is greatly appreciated is a massive understatement and we hope that you know that we appreciated every gesture.”—