The NHS’s 72nd birthday celebrations will take on a special significance this year as we reflect on the impact that Covid-19 has had on our communities across north west London.
I would like to say a huge thank you for the amazing support and the many acts of kindness that we have experienced during the pandemic.
Donations of food, drink and equipment have been received from local residents, businesses, schools, colleges, corporate donors and charitable trusts.
Volunteers including local GPs and community dentists together with medical, nursing, midwifery, dental and allied health professional students have carried out essential roles. This includes supporting proning teams, responsible for moving critically ill patients onto their fronts to improve oxygenation.
The dedication and resilience of our staff has been steadfast throughout. This has been recognised by our community though the thousands of letters, cards and messages of support that we have received. Incredibly, a Covid-19 appeal JustGiving fundraising page, set up by our LNWH Charity, has so far raised over £450,000 to support staff well-being.
As the nation claps for the NHS on Sunday 5 July so the pictures of rainbows, sent in from local children, that now brighten our wards, corridors and offices, will serve as a reminder of the better days to come.