Kind CPFT nurses show patients how much they care

They collected and delivered presents to patients on their own over the festive period 

Kind CPFT nurses show patients how much they care
02 January 2020

Deb Ryan, a community nurse with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, gets a hug of gratitude from patient Geoffrey.

Deb and colleagues from the Trust’s community nursing service based in Peterborough collected nearly 100 presents in the run-up to the festive season.

The kind-hearted staff then donated them to patients who they treated over Christmas who were on their own.

Emma Williamson, Area Nursing Manager for CPFT, which provides physical health services for older people and those with long-term conditions as well as mental health services, said: “The team, which is made up of clinical and support staff, came up with the idea at the start of December.

“It was organised by senior administrators Becky Dix and Jade Ward, and in the end they collected just under 100 presents, and in the days leading up to Christmas Day – and on Christmas Day itself – whenever one of our community nurses visited an older person at their home to provide them with some treatment, and if the patient was on their own, they were given one of the presents.

“Patients were extremely humbled and thankful – and I’m really proud of all the staff for coming up with such a lovely idea.”

The Trust’s Peterborough community nurses, who are based at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, and the Botolph Bridge Health Centre, Sugar Way, provide support for thousands of older people as well as those with long-term conditions such as heart or respiratory conditions who don’t need to be in hospital but still require medical help.

Emma said: “Being a community nurse is so rewarding. We treat and provide support for people in their own home. But we also recognise that in some circumstances, we are often the only person some older people may see that day.

“We hope that the gifts will have given the patients we visited an extra lift this Christmas and show them how much we care.”

Pictured above is Deb Ryan with Sylvia while Maureen (pink top) and Doris (purple) also received their gifts over Christmas


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Interim Head of Communications
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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