International Nurses Day at Lymington New Forest Hospital

Florence and her New Forest legacy

To commemorate International Nurses Day in Lymington, PHL and New Forest Aromatics thank the nurses and medical team at the Urgent Treatment Centre in Lymington Hospital 

ladies in masks with box of lip balmsThere's a special connection between International Nurses Day on 12 May, the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale whose birthday was chosen for this annual celebration, and the New Forest.

Which is that Florence Nightingale is buried just north east of the New Forest in the village of East Wellow.

International Nurses Day is an annual day of celebration for nurses around the world.

And it's especially poignant after this last year, in which nurses have been so enormously impacted by the scale and intensity of the COVID 19 pandemic.

PHL, the UTC, and New Forest Aromatics 

Partnering Health Limited (PHL) employs a team of nurses, health care assistants, GP and paramedics who run the UTC (Urgent Treatment Centre) at Lymington Hospital.

And PHL wanted to make a gesture of appreciation, for this year's International Nurses Day. PHL UTC

Debbie Mulkern meanwhile is the creator and owner of New Forest Aromatics which makes a wide range of skincare, home and toiletries products and is based just outside Brockenhurst at Setley Ridge.

Gemma Bond, Director of Nursing and Quality at PHL met with Debbie at the UTC, to make a special donation of lip balms hand made by New Forest Aromatics.

Debbie went to the UTC to celebrate International Nurses Day with Gemma and personally to thank and acknowledge the nurses and the medical team for their tremendous hard work, daily sacrifice and selfless commitment during an unprecedented and challenging year.

Gemma Bond explains ‘We are so immensely thankful for our nurses and medical staff for putting their lives at risk, fighting exhaustion and working in highly stressful environments this year. Our staff often talk about the discomfort wearing face masks for long periods causes, especially to cheeks and lips. Debbie’s suggestion for gifting her hand-made lip balms is great for both our male and female nurses who will really appreciate them. They are the perfect gift to show a very heartfelt thank you for all that they do’.New Forest Aromatics

They arrived with the lip balms for each of PHL’s nursing and medical staff in Lymington UTC and will be distributed to other PHL nursing staff at PHL Custody Healthcare, Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre, Appointments +, ADHD Service, Contact Centre Services (CAS, 111 First, Covid @ Home, Paediatric Desk, Youla & Yoris) Home Visiting Services and PHL Professionals at sites across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and Home workers.

Also launching a new reward and recognition scheme for Innovation in Clinical Practice

Gemma is launching a reward and recognition scheme for Innovation in Clinical Practice.  The scheme hopes to inspire PHL nurses to share their ideas and be a catalyst for innovations that improve patient safety. PHL employees will be asked to vote and comment on the ideas that are implemented across the business.

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