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Trust to Support International Nurses Day Week

Newsdate: 4 May 2016

WWL is pleased to announce that we will be fully supporting International Nurses Day, being held on Thursday 12 May. The day will encourage us all to celebrate nurses the world over.
Nurses are among the most tireless and dedicated staff we have in the NHS. They compassionately care for their patients, always putting them at the heart of the care that they provide. May 12 has been set aside as a special date to commemorate them as it is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. She is widely considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

In the UK, many events to celebrate the occasion are being coordinated by the Royal College of Nurses (RCNi) and bunting will be in place at our sites to recognise this fact.

From a WWL perspective, we will be celebrating our nurses with fun, informative and entertaining stalls being established across all of our sites on different days in the week of the celebration.

The stalls are to be run by our Professional Practice team and they will be promoting themes of resilience and stress relief whilst in the workplace. To this end, they will be giving out information on how to keep well at work. There will also be free hand massages on offer at the stalls. The Professional Practice team is made up of nursing staff and it is a huge testament to them, and the nursing profession, that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to help people.

As well as these themes, another subject that will be covered is mindfulness. This will be both with staff giving useful information, but also element of fun, as a mindfulness colouring book will be on offer. There will also be other fun activities with a pub-quiz-style picture quiz available, with a host of prizes on offer that promote health and wellbeing.

Stalls will be held at the following sites on the following dates:

  • Monday 9 May: Leigh Infirmary – 9am to 1pm.
  • Tuesday 10 May: Wrightington Hospital – 9am to 1pm.
  • Wednesday 11 May: Thomas Linacre Centre – 9am to 1pm.
  • Thursday 12 May: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary – 9am to 1pm.

In addition to these stalls, WWL will also be launching four ring-fenced charitable funds. They will form a part of 8 different ring-fenced funds that will all come under the banner of the Trust’s existing charity, Three Wishes.

The aim of dividing up these funds into distinctive areas is to facilitate the public and staff making donations to the specific areas that they want to. Money raised by the individual funds will be used to purchase equipment that will enhance the patient experience, making a genuine, positive difference to people whilst they are in our care.

The funds are; Wrightington Wish Fund, Heart and Lung Fund, Fertility Wish Fund, Children and Babies Fund, Minds and Memories Fund, Women’s Wish Fund, Cancer Care Fund and Patient Wish Fund.

WWL Fundraising Officer, Elizabeth Titley, will be joining the Professional Practice Team during Nurses Week to raise awareness of one of the funds at each individual site. To this end, she will give out info to staff, the public and raise awareness of the many ways you can raise money for the fund of your choice.

At Leigh, Elizabeth will promote the Minds and Memories fund (aimed at Dementia patients and elderly patients). At Wrightington, she will inform of the Wrightington Wish Fund. The Thomas Linacre Centre will see awareness of the heart and Lung Fund promoted. Finally, at Wigan Infirmary, Elizabeth will raise awareness of the Patient Wish Fund, a generic fund aimed at all patients who are treated by WWL.

WWL Director of Nursing, Pauline Law, is delighted that we, as a Trust, are playing our part in  honouring  hard-working nurses. She said, “I am thrilled that we as a Trust are supporting this week to honour some of the most dedicated employees in the NHS. Nurses provide such an important role in healthcare and their impact is immeasurable. They are there to provide compassionate care during what could be a person’s best time, or worst time in their life. They work very hard and often endure challenging situations. They take all this in their stride and it  is only right that we honour their contribution to the health service.”