A group of nursing staff at Perth Royal Infirmary have received a personal message of thanks from British astronaut Major Tim Peake.
After his mother-in-law Madeleine King spent time as a patient in the hospital’s ward 8, Major Peake posed for a photograph of himself holding up a thank you sign on the International Space Station.
“It has given all the staff on the ward a real lift”
Staff on ward 8 said they were thrilled to receive the picture, which reads “Thank you NHS PRI for all you do!!”, on 12 February and plan to have it framed and hung on the ward.
Samantha Edmonds, a senior charge nurse at the hospital, which is run by NHS Tayside, said: “It was a lovely thing for Major Peake to do and it has given all the staff on the ward a real lift.”
Associate nurse director Jim Foulis added: “The brightest stars are those who shine for others and I am very proud of the staff here in PRI that the high quality of care they provide for their patients has been recognised in the highest of places.”
Major Peake is the first European Space Agency astronaut to visit the International Space Station and the seventh person born in the UK to visit space.
He left Earth on 15 December on board a Russian Soyuz rocket and is scheduled to spend six months in space.