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Staff and patients celebrate International Nurses Day at West Mid

13 May 2015

On Tuesday 12 May, celebrations were in full swing at West Middlesex University Hospital to recognise International Nurses Day, an event held annually on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing.

On Tuesday 12 May, celebrations were in full swing at West Middlesex University Hospital to recognise International Nurses Day, an event held annually on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing.

The hospital atrium was a sea of colour and activity as crowds gathered to watch a range of live entertainment. Opened by Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive, who spoke of the hard work and dedication carried out by nurses, the celebrations kicked off with the West Mid Filipino Nurses’ Choir, followed by a fashion show from the hospital’s African nurses and finally a special performance by singer Dexter Cases, an A&E staff nurse.

Patients, staff and members of the public were also treated to traditional Filipino food and special guest appearances from Florence Nightingale and her rival from the Crimean War, Mary Seacole. Played by Sister Annie Redwood (senior resuscitation officer) and Sister Faustina Annan-Addae (TB lead nurse), Florence and Mary then visited every ward of the hospital along with Charlotte Hall, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, to see the patients and staff.

On the day, Charlotte said: “International Nurses Day has been a fantastic occasion at West Mid and it was great to see so many staff celebrating the wonderful work of all our nurses. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such an enjoyable day for our patients and staff.”