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Thank you from the NHS
The Chief Executive, Simon Morritt and Trust Chair, Susan Symington, have issued a heartfelt thank you to the local community for their kindness and support over the last few months:
"There is no doubt that 2020 has been the most challenging year in NHS history.
"Over the last few months the NHS has stepped up in ways never seen before to deliver services differently, recruit thousands more staff, returners and volunteers and even build hospitals to respond to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
"The NHS, and indeed our Trust, could not have achieved this without the commitment and skills of all our people, whose professionalism, and continued and sustained hard work has been unfailing despite the most difficult and challenging circumstances. We are humbled and inspired to see their dedication to our patients, as well as their compassion, warmth and friendship to one another. Their work is truly recognised, respected and valued.
"But the unprecedented challenge facing us would have been made all but impossible without the help, support and generosity of countless individuals, organisations, local businesses and the wider community.
"We have been overwhelmed with tremendous offers of support and kindness - from local schools and companies making or contributing visors and clips, an army of people sewing scrubs, donations of technology to keep patients in touch with loved ones, toiletries for the essential staff care boxes, to continuous supplies of food arriving in our hospitals. It is invaluable help which has reinforced to us that the best way we will get through this pandemic is by all pulling together.
"Even a simple thank you goes a long way and we have received countless messages from the public which have not gone unnoticed. From the hundreds of thank you notes, rainbow posters for our Calm Rooms, knitted hearts, to the #ClapForCarers, we cannot express how much we have appreciated all these kind gestures of support.
"Nor can we forget our own hospital charity, who through generous donations from our local communities, has been able to fund so many items which have supported staff welling and improved patient experience during these difficult weeks and months.
"Everybody across the country is being urged to mark the anniversary of the founding of the NHS on Sunday, 5 July. At 5pm we will come together as a nation for one final clap which will be an opportunity to thank not just NHS staff and other essential workers, but all those who continue to work so hard to support each other and sustain Britain’s communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
"It will also be an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives and a national moment of appreciation for the social connections that have kept the country going through such adversity. We know that this acknowledgment is important for all of us and we encourage everyone to be part of this special moment.
"Covid-19 presents the NHS with arguably the greatest challenge it has faced since its creation. However, our health service, through our skilled and dedicated staff, is renowned for the way that it responds to adversity.
"Together we will come through this."
As we celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS we want to thank everyone for what they have done to support us, and each other through this pandemic - enjoy this video from our staff giving thanks.
02 July 2020