The Francis report has prompted matrons at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust to launch a campaign to raise awareness of their role.
According to the trust, its matrons were keen to reassure local people about nursing care, following the publication in February of the public inquiry report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Trust director of nursing Pippa Hart said: “We, like hospitals across the NHS, are absolutely committed to learning from the failings at Mid Staffordshire.
“That’s exactly why our matrons are reminding local people of their responsibilities and are raising awareness of the vital roles they play in our hospitals.
“We have a wonderful team of nursing staff at our hospitals, but we rely on our patients and their loved ones to tell us if we are doing well,” she added.
Pippa King, one of the matrons leading the campaign launch, said: “Our dedicated teams of nurses are also available to help, but we want local people to know that they can talk to us too – we’re not like Hattie Jacques anymore.”
As part of the campaign, Ms Hart and the trust’s chief executive Matthew Hopkins – who trained as a Macmillan cancer nurse at the start of his career – will be spending a shift with the matrons.
Mr Hopkins said: “It’s important to show support to all of our staff and especially our nurses and matrons who are the backbone of our hospitals. I hope I can meet their very high standards on shift.”
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