An acclaimed singer-songwriter from Somerset has been inspired to write a song in celebration of health service nurses, which has now been released as a single.
Folk musician Reg Meuross, who describes himself as passionate about the NHS, wrote the song, called Nurse – Angel in a Blue Dress, which was released on 24 February.
“I felt how heart-breaking it is for these exceptional people”
In January, Mr Meuross was in Germany recording a new album. While checking his phone, he said he noticed a message from a friend who was a nurse and about to start her hospital shift back in the UK.
“A ‘black alert’ had just been announced and she described herself huddling in her coat in a cold and drafty hospital corridor, steeling herself for the challenges ahead by plugging in her headphones and listening to music,” said Mr Meuross.
“She added that, although she felt unwell herself, there was no way she could not go into work, so in she went,” he said.
The singer said he could not get his friend’s message out of his head and so went back into the studio and immediately wrote a song inspired by nurses.
“I felt how heart-breaking it is for these exceptional people to not be able to provide anything even close to their usual level of care due to understaffing and lack of beds,” he said.
“I was particularly touched that she was listening to music to gather strength and I went back into the studio and wrote this song in support of what she, and all nurses are doing, and recorded it on the spot,” he added.
Mr Meuross said: “I hope at the very least it will offer some acknowledgement to these people who are doing one of the most vital jobs there is, under extreme pressure and in near impossible conditions. I also want to draw attention to the crisis in the NHS.”
He added that the nurse who sent the original message has subsequently texted Mr Meuross to thank him, saying it had “brought tears to my eyes” and that she was relieved that someone was listening.