Salisbury Foundation Trust

An open letter to Nurses and Midwives from our CEO

Today we are jointly marking this years Midwife and Nurses Days at the hospital.

Nursing and midwifery teams are at the beating heart of the hospital, supporting and sharing the joy of new life, caring for patients of all ages, with breaks and fractures, complex and chronic conditions and terminal diagnosis. It is with nurses and midwives that we say hello to new loved ones and say our goodbyes.

Whether it's on the Labour Ward or an antenatal clinic, in the Emergency Department or on the Spinal Unit, in general medicine or surgery, infection control or research, quality assurance, training or planning, looking after the young or the old, you demonstrate the core attributes of compassion and commitment on a daily basis.

As nurses and midwives you have shared in the highs and the lows of life, holding a hand, giving a hug, radiating warmth and security, supporting our patients and mothers towards the best possible outcomes. You are skilled professionals delivering modern healthcare in challenging times.

I, the whole Board and management team respect and value everything you do. But it's not just us that think you are great, below are some comments from patients and their families that you have given compassionate care to.

“Staff and care were excellent. Both day and night staff have been fantastic - in particular nurses and nursing assistants. All staff have been amazing and really looked after me. Thank you.”

“Relaxed, friendly feeling during the whole of my infusion. The two nurses worked well together with giggles and laughter plus professional care. Each nurse passing jobs to one another knowing their own limitations. Great.”

“The staff were just amazing. So helpful and caring. Our main nurse was incredible and couldn't ask for a better person to care for my son. Thank you so much.”

“Everyone from this ward is so so courteous and kind. Working so so hard. Ward sister, Nurse and all the NHS team are brilliant.”

"I can't thank the Salisbury team enough from midwives to the team who looked after us on the ward. We had everything we needed, we were well cared for and a cheery face to help while alone in hospital really softened the blow."

"I was in such a state of panic and seeing everyone in all the PPE made it all more slightly strange. But the midwives and surgical team were fantastic .... and I just want to say a special thank you.”

“Although giving birth during lockdown was scary, the staff and midwife team were brilliant and looked after us all so well".

Thank you all.

Stacey Hunter
Chief Executive, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

11 May 2021

Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.

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