One year on from the start of lockdown our Senior Sister, Teresa Purdy, has kindly shared her story.
“Nursing allows you to make a difference to so many people’s lives, never has this been more true than during the past year.
“What I have witnessed is everyone working within UHDB no matter what their role pulling together to do what they can to help our patients and each other get through this tough year.
“It’s been a hard year, a tiring year, as a manager my team are my work family and this year as leaders, we have had to ask our teams to do jobs they don’t normally do working in areas they don’t normally work and to not just to care for patients but with no visiting they have been the patients psychological support too.
“But we’re not just nurses, as individuals we have all been touched by COVID in our personal lives too.
“Today (23/3/2021) marks a year since the first lockdown and as the country unites to think about those we have lost to this horrible disease I will be thinking of my own Mum who sadly lost her fight against COVID on 26/1/2021.
“With the introduction of the vaccine, it feels like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel and soon will be time for reflection, we will remember the hard times, the sad times, the loneliness and the fear, but we will also remember the camaraderie, the people standing on their door steps clapping to give thanks, the smiles of our patient’s that left hospital for home, with hope looking forward that what failed to destroy us can make us stronger.”
[Note: Pictures used in this article were taken pre-COVID]
"I really could not ask for better care. All staff were kind & considerate and obviously knowledgeable. The consultant & anaesthetist were amazing - very competent & kind. Overall excellent - thank you all"
"I can highly recommend the treatment I received during my brief stay. I cannot fault anyone throughout my visit"
"I have been very well looked after all members of staff extremely friendly and approachable. No complaints at all"