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Festive cheer brought to older patients by Norfolk nurses


Community nurses and therapists based in Thetford delivered Christmas presents to their most vulnerable patients, many of which were bought with their own money.

Like many others around the country, the team from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust was working over the festive period to visit housebound patients.

They realised a number of their older patients would be spending the holidays alone and wanted to make sure they knew someone was thinking of them.

They decided to raise a collection and also approached local shops in order to be able to offer some gifts to 12 local patients.

Special deliveries were made on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, while staff also made sure they could spend some time to stop and chat so patients had some company.

Team lead Sarah Goddard said: “Our team build up a good relationship with their patients when visiting to provide their care and rehabilitation.

“No one likes to be on their own at this time of year, so we decided to buy small gifts to take with us to show them that we are thinking of them,” she said.

“We thought it was the least we could do to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to them and help brighten their day,” she added.


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Readers' comments (4)

  • On the one hand a wonderful gesture for the people they look after .... on the other it's shameful if any of them had to use their own money to do so.

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  • The state provided the staff and paid for their time and the treatment, it was people who gave other people these presents at Christmas time. How is that in any way shameful and not reassuringly kind and human?

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  • No matter how close, no matter the context the relationship between nurses and their clients is a professional one, not familial and not charitable. You care for friends and family: you nurse patients/clients/service users. Nurses paying for presents for patients not otherwise provided by their own families (or reimbursed by the nurses employer) is shameful and disgraceful.

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  • Wow! So it's ok for a nurse to give a patient a present so long as they don't pay for it? I appreciate a professional relationship shouldn't move into an over familiar one but it is Christmas, the gifts were small and I'm pretty confident that compassion is wrapped up in this somewhere. I was trained to care for my patients whilst nursing them, the idea the words are mutually exclusive is something of a surprise.

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