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Southern Health celebrates International Nurses Day

In honour of International Nurses Day today (12/05/19), Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating the commitment of their nurses.

Southern Health’s Nurses support people in their hospitals, out in the community and in the comfort of the patient’s own homes. They care for a wide range of adults and young people with specialist mental health needs, physical health needs, learning disabilities as well as parents and their children from birth to school age.

“We are incredibly lucky in Southern Health to have a huge variety of Nurses working for us. It is such a special career and I’m very lucky to have been a nurse for 33 years and I would like to thank each and every one of our Nurses for the amazing contribution they bring to patients and their families every day.”  Paula Hull, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust 

To the Nurses working for Southern Health, this isn’t just a job…

“For me it’s a calling – a passion and drive to help others and give hope to those I care for and their families” - Golda Devadason, Ward Manager, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Golda Devadason, Ward Manager, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

 

“Every life matters and every little thing we do can make a huge difference to peoples’ lives” - Emma Wadey, Deputy Director of Nursing for mental Health, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Emma Wadey, Deputy Director of Nursing for mental Health, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

 

“I feel empowered to use my support them get back to living a fulfilling life.” - George Tsuro Mental Health Nurse,Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

George Tsuro Mental Health Nurse,Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

 

And to the people they support Nurses really do make a difference. 

Abigail, a parent whose son needed specialist mental health care describes how just a phone call from a Nurse Kathryn Dodds, working at Antelope House in Southampton at the time, changed their lives: “There were very few shining lights in the journey through hell that is called ‘psychosis’. Kathryn was one of those lights. After seeing our son on the ward we witnessed the most horrific sites and sounds ones that no parent ever wants to hear or see. That night, we received a call. It was Kathryn inviting us to talk to our son. It restored us when we had reached our lowest point. It felt like Kathryn ‘saw us’ and she got it. Thank you Kathryn.”

Ralph and Marian Graham’s world was turned upside down when Ralph was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; they describe the difference Margaret Topping, Specialist MS Nurse made to their lives: “This really is a debilitating illness and our whole world has been turned upside down, Margaret has helped us cope with life, we don’t know what we would have done without her. She is an amazing woman. On behalf of our family Margaret, we would like to thank you every single day for all you have done and for everything you have given us - you really are something else and a credit to the health service.” 

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