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Exceptional nurses and midwives recognised as part of International Nurses Day celebrations

Posted: 15 May 2019

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Picture of seven nurses standing next to each other

Celebrations have taken place this week at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) to recognise the outstanding contribution nurses and midwives make to our national health service.

As part of the annual International Nurses Day celebrations on 12 May, the trust held tea parties and other fun events across Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans City hospitals to thank nurses and midwives and show its appreciation for the care they provide.

Four exceptional nurses and midwives, Paula King, Emma Pope, Julia Coles and Justine Chung, were selected by senior leaders at WHHT to attend a special service at Westminster Abbey on 15 May which took place to honour the life of Florence Nightingale and mark the centenary of the funeral of WWI nurse, Edith Cavell. The service also celebrated current nurses and midwifes and honours the work they do.

Tracey Carter, chief nurse at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are incredibly proud of all our nurses and midwives and the work they do every day to make sure our patients receive the best care possible. International Nurses Day is our day to celebrate everything that’s great about being a nurse. We’re delighted that four of our exceptional nurses and midwives were selected to attend the special service at Westminster Abbey.”



Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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  4. International Nurses Day is organised annually by the International Council of Nurses and celebrates the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world. It takes place on 12 May every year, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.