12th May is International Nurses Day, and Phyllis Tuckwell would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of its wonderful nursing staff.

International Nurses Day is organised every year by the International Council of Nurses, and is celebrated on 12th May as it is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. As 2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, the World Health Organisation has designated it the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses and midwives are highly skilled professionals and make up the largest section of the NHS workforce. The skills, commitment and expert clinical care they offer impact the lives of so many of us, and during the Coronavirus pandemic, more than ever, our thanks go out to them for the dedication and compassion they show in their commitment to helping others.

Phyllis Tuckwell’s nursing staff are working extremely hard to care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, both in patients’ own homes and at the Hospice in Farnham.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has presented us with many challenges, so we have had to adapt quickly to new ways of working,” says Sarah Church, Chief Executive at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Nursing in full PPE is uncomfortable and claustrophobic, and creates a barrier between nurse and patient, making nursing less personal. With the current visiting restrictions, our staff are often the only people that our dying patients see in their final days, and so our nurses are taking on an even more supportive and compassionate role in the end of life care that they offer. The sensitivity and understanding that they show is heart-warming and I would like to thank them all for their dedication and commitment.”