Today is Black Friday, but I want to talk about We Are the World BlogFest (#WATWB). The small story of humanity that I wish to share comes from our National Health Service in the UK, and more specifically, the Royal Stoke University Hospital. I was born in this hospital back when it was known as the North Staffordshire hospital, and most of the old buildings are gone, replaced by new, modern structures that can cope with growing demand for healthcare, medical research and rehabilitation. This hospital has seen me through many surgical operations to treat my genetic eye disorder, it cared for my grandparents during their final days, and it saved the life of my father-in-law when he had a cycling accident that left him with an acquired brain injury. I was referred to Manchester hospitals about fifteen years ago, but my family have all received treatment at the Royal Stoke during the past ten years and beyond. We have been visiting a family member in the hospital just this week. It is almost a second home of sorts.
When I talk about the hospital, I do of course refer to the people within the hospital. I have always found the front of house staff to be helpful, polite and courteous. The nurses and doctors are very efficient and friendly, clearly devoted to their work. We can always ask questions and have them answered without dismissal. And let’s not forget the porters, cleaners and housekeeping staff, who will ensure our patients’ beds are properly made, that their room or ward is clean and well stocked and will offer refreshments and a friendly face to anxious visitors at the bedside. I know that we have heard lots of bad stories about NHS hospitals in the news media, but my experience has been one of hope and positivity. We are all human, whether we are a doctor, a nurse, support staff or civilian. We all want the best outcome for patients that are treated in hospital. Sometimes those patients will not be going home, and all we can do is work together to make them as comfortable as possible. Let us take a moment to say Thank You, NHS. Thank you to everyone at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. You are always there when we need you.
We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.
You can find more about #WATWB over on Belinda Witzenhausen’s blog.
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