Winter Heroes

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31 May 2018

Winter Heroes

Across the country, our NHS has experienced one of its most testing periods on record.

Bed occupancy has reached a staggering 94.4%, over 185,000 people have been left waiting in the back of ambulances for over 30 minutes and there were 386 diverts from A&E departments.

But throughout the Winter crisis, our two local hospitals - St Helier and St George's - battled on. As always, our outstanding NHS staff continued to go above and beyond what was expected of them. Siobhain has so much respect, admiration and gratitude for their incredible efforts in such testing circumstances.

She visited the two hospitals to see for herself the immense pressure they were under and she then decided to host two receptions in the Houses of Parliament to thank those staff nominated as 'Winter Heroes' in their respective hospitals.

Chief Executive's Daniel Elkeles and Jacqueline Totterdell brought a collective 150 staff over two evenings.

After drinks and nibbles, and a special surprise thank you from Jeremy Vine, the staff were taken on a tour of Parliament, with the House of Commons and House of Lords opened up specially for them.

Our NHS is a national treasure. But at the heart of it are thousands upon thousands of truly dedicated individuals whose efforts we should be extremely grateful for.