18 September 2018

A patient at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has kindly gifted a coffee machine to the nurses caring for him as a thank you.

The 29-year-old, who lives near Bridgnorth, is currently being treated on Ward 22 following a road traffic accident in July.

Sister Becky Roberts and Staff Nurse Del Young with the gift from a patient

He has been in hospital since then, and says the care that he has received has made a huge difference to his wellbeing and recovery.

The patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I have been here for nine weeks and I have seen how hard all the staff work. The patient interaction, how they have got to know me, is one of the biggest benefits that I have had whilst I have been in hospital. It really does make a difference.

“I often feel alienated from normal life being in hospital, so for the staff to stop what they are doing and take time out to talk and get to know me, means so much.  After my accident, I also suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the staff have been second to none in helping me by creating coping strategies for me.

“The nurses cherish their breaks and I thought that if they had a coffee machine, they could simply press a button and have extra time off their feet to sit down. I am just so grateful for the care that I have received.”

The patient is not the only one who has thanked the nurses for his care; his ten-year-old daughter decided she wanted to say thank you too. The youngster baked batches of cookies for the nurses on Ward 22, individually labelling them all with a personal thank you for making her father better.

Helen Williams, Ward 22 Ward Manager, said: “We are very grateful for the kind gifts. We were all so touched to receive the coffee machine and our delicious cookies, which was such a thoughtful gesture. It is so lovely to know that we are helping to make a difference.”