A group of Bath nurses have attended a special royal reception to thank frontline staff working in the NHS.
Five nurses from the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust joined more than 350 NHS guests from all over the country at Buckingham Palace.
The reception was hosted by Prince Charles, who was joined by the Countess of Wessex, to celebrate nursing in the UK.
The RUH team included Donna Milner, junior sister in surgical short stay; Tanya Harris, senior sister on the ACE older persons’ assessment ward; and Vicky Whittock, a sister in the emergency department.
Guests at the event represented nurses from throughout the profession – from hospitals and general practice, to community nursing, nursing homes, and nurses in the armed forces and prisons.
Simon Andrews, surgical matron at the RUH said: “It was a really good occasion, very grand but informal and friendly.
“We all met and chatted to Prince Charles and the countess – they were very interested in our work and clearly understood how busy the NHS has been over the winter and how hard everyone’s been working.
“It was a really enjoyable evening with so many other nurses – there was a really good atmosphere.”
Jo Miller, RUH head of nursing medical division, said the prince and the countess were “charming and very empathetic”.
“They were well-informed and clearly understood the challenges of nursing and the NHS,” she added.
“It was a really lovely event and a great honour and thank you not just for us but for everyone at the trust.”
Nicola Murphy, lead nurse for quality improvement at Bath & North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, also attended the event in recognition of her work with providers to improve local health and care services.
“It was an absolute honour to attend the reception alongside so many inspiring colleagues,” she said.
“It was also lovely to hear Prince Charles talking about his fond memories of the nurses who looked after him when he had his appendix removed as a child.”
The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire.