Date of release: Tuesday 12th May, 2015
Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas has helped staff celebrate International Nurses Day at the Wolverhampton hospital where his mum is a midwife.
Born in the city, he was among three guest speakers at New Cross Hospital today. He was joined by campaigner Tommy Whitelaw who is Project Engagement Lead with the Health and Social Care Alliance's Dementia Carer Voices Project.
He was a full-time carer for his late mother and raises awareness among health and social care professionals about the impact of dementia on families.
Also at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust was Elizabeth Anionwu, Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. She was inducted into the Nursing Times Nursing Hall of Fame in 2010 for her work supporting the development of nurse-led services.
As part of the day of celebration, hundreds of nurses left comments on pledge walls about why they nurse. Stands offering goodies and free gym passes were also set up in the foyer at the Wolverhampton Medical Institute.
Cheryl Etches, Chief Nurse at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “International Nurses Day is a great opportunity for people throughout the caring professions to come together and celebrate the good work that nurses all over the world do.
“I made my pledge like hundreds of other’s throughout our Trust and it has been fantastic to see so many of our staff enjoying the day and the activities put on for them. I would like to thank everyone who got involved and to the speakers for coming and sharing their experiences with us.”
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