Thank you for your “dedication, skill and compassion”
Staff at Western Sussex Hospitals joined in the national celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS on Thursday 5 July, 2018.
Hundreds of colleagues gathered for celebratory pictures at the hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham and raised a cuppa for the health service’s special birthday.
Staff representatives from St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals also joined 4,000 other NHS colleagues at Westminster Abbey in London and even attended a reception by the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street.
NHS70 was an opportunity for the Outstanding-rated organisation to thank staff for their “dedication, skill and compassion”, explained deputy chief executive and chief medical officer Dr George Findlay.
We wished to gift a small gesture of appreciation to all our teams to say a huge “thank you” for everything they do
Dr Findlay said: “Our staff are the NHS and without all their hard work, dedication, skill and compassion, our hospitals simply would not be able to care for nearly a million patients every year, no matter their background or ability to pay.
“However, it is often very tough working for the NHS; the demands can be relentless and we rightly set very high standards for ourselves. This is why we wished to gift a small gesture of appreciation to all our teams to say a huge “thank you” for everything they do at Western Sussex Hospitals.”
On Thursday (5 July), all departments across the trust received “Thank you” hampers containing supplies of tea and coffee, as well as biscuits and healthy eating snacks, funded by charitable means and community support.
Trust leaders, ambassadors and governors spent the day hand-delivering many hundreds of cardboard boxes full of goodies, to all clinical and non-clinical teams.
The trust also used a social media campaign, using the hashtag #WSHT, to highlight advancements in local healthcare over the decades, as well as pay tribute to members of staff who have done amazing things while caring for local people during this anniversary year.
The #WSHT Then & Now and You’re amazing! social media posts reached many thousands of people through the trust’s Facebook page (Facebook/westernsussexhospitals) and Twitter account (@westernsussex) with many hundreds joining in, giving their support and wishing to say thank you for the care that staff provide.
Visitors to St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals were also invited to write messages of congratulations on large display boards which will be displayed in public areas for patients, visitors and staff to read over the years to come.
The trust wishes to say “Thank you” to everyone who took the time to congratulate staff, shared memories and joined in the NHS70 celebrations.
For more information about Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and job opportunities please visit www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/jobs.