The hospital is asking patients and their loved ones to record a short video messages or take photos of themselves holding a poster to send a message to those who cared for them.
In normal times families are able to bring in cards or patients return to the ward or department they have been cared for in with their personal messages of feedback and thanks. At the moment this isn't possible, so the hospital has set up a webform for patients and their families to share a message with those who cared for them, in a different but still very personal way.
These messages have a profound impact on NHS staff and encourage everyone at Derriford to keep up the hard work. Kate Tantam, specialist sister in ICU, said “we recently received a message from Christine, a Covid-19 patient that stayed with us for a long time. Seeing her now, recovered, with her family and doing so well, inspires us all to keep doing what we are doing, because it makes a difference.”
The Trust would like to hear the stories of their patients and their rehabilitation and progress outside the hospital. With the patients’ consent, the images will be put up in walls for staff to see and remind themselves that their work really matters.
To send your message, visit our 'Saying Thank You' page.