Kate Middleton took a break from homeschooling this week to speak to nurses on the front line to thank them for their efforts and find out more about their experiences during the pandemic.
Kate, patron of the Nursing Now campaign, took part in the video call on Tuesday so that she could speak with nurses at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, where staff have delivered a total of 447,329 vaccines across the Midlands in England. “You hear time and time again about the amazing things nurses up and down the country are doing – going that extra mile,” the Duchess told the staff. “It’s the things that are not part of the training […] but the things that come from your heart, and I think that’s what matters so much now: these acts of kindness to the patients you’re looking after.”
During the call, Kate heard about the professionalism and adaptability of nurses at the Trust. Joe Colby, Lead Nurse for Gastroenterology, told the Duchess how he had originally worked in a high street bank before training to become a nurse. Judith Smith and Caroline Rudd, who are now employed by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, also spoke to the Duchess about how they were proud to answer a call from the NHS to re-join the workforce and help fight back against COVID-19 by delivering vaccines to patients and staff alike.
Throughout the pandemic William and Kate have met NHS staff in person and via Zoom to learn about their work during the pandemic and how they can help. Last week the Cambridges spoke with frontline workers and counsellors about the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis for those working on the frontline, and why it is vital that they are able to reach out for support at such a critical time.
Kate also wasn’t the only royal to reach out to NHS staff to thank them for their efforts in getting the vaccine rolled out. Speaking to NHS General Practice nurses and healthcare assistants during an online conference yesterday Sophie, the Countess of Wessex said, “We all know how much this pandemic has put on you… we are hugely grateful for all your hard work.” The Royal Family Twitter account released footage of Sophie speaking with nurses helping with Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. While on the call, Sophie shared her joy at the fact her father had this week received the Covid-19 vaccine.
“My father received his vaccine, he’s 89 years old and I’m just so happy,” she said adding that it was a “huge weight of my mind” and that the process had been quick and simple.
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