Pilgrims Hospices tribute to staff on International Nurses Day

Hospice staff

Pilgrims Hospices is recognising its nurses and key workers on International Nurses Day today (May 12).

Pilgrims nurses have cared for 1000’s of patients, their families and friends in their homes and on the hospice wards for more than 35 years.  This year the east Kent community is sharing special messages of thanks with the local charity as lockdown keeps people social distancing.

Kate White, Pilgrims Head of Nursing, said: “We’ve received such heart-warming messages from the local community, it is really appreciated by everyone at Pilgrims, and of course it’s lovely to be recognised on our special day.

“Our nurses and key workers are working tirelessly to ensure patients receive the highest quality care during these difficult times. We understand how important contact is for everyone and we are doing our very best to help patients to feel part of our Pilgrims family whilst their families are caring from a distance.”

“Our Pilgrims community extends past the nursing and on to the greater needs of those in our care and their families.  This is why we are encouraging people to think about what needs to be in place in order that their wishes can be met and carried out in a timely and meaningful manner.

“We’re helping our teams to manage through the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have sufficient wellbeing resources in place and opportunities to share their concerns for those around them with Pilgrims’ internal support network of carers and advisers.

“Our support teams in catering, counselling, domestic services and so many others are contributing vital assistance for our Pilgrims nurses; we are delighted to be sharing our special day with such special colleagues.”

Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,400 people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured.  The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.

Hospice nurse Charlotte Davies said: “I have wanted to be a palliative nurse since I was 10 years old – that’s a long time! Nurses are born, not made and that is especially true of hospice nurses.

“To me, hospice nursing is more than just being a face or a name on a staff board. It’s the trust that people put in us to ensure they have the care and support both on the inpatient ward and in the community. It’s the understanding that we are with them every step of the way. People will forget your name, they will forget what you said, they will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel. I’m proud to be a hospice nurse. “

You can help the Pilgrims nurses to continue with their specialist end-of-life care by making a donation to the Still Here, Still Caring campaign.

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