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Nurses get in the Jubilee spirit

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Nurses and other hospital staff around the country have been helping their patients – both young and old – to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend.  

The children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary was transformed into a Garden Fete on 31 May.

Play and activity leaders helped children to bake fairy cakes and make crowns for the fete. The children also created a street scene with bunting and blossom trees especially for the occasion. 

Norwich Community Hospital’s Alder Ward is set to put on a “Royal luncheon” for their patients on Tuesday. Staff wanted to ensure that being in hospital would not mean their older patients missed the chance to join in the celebrations.

The Day Room of the 24-bed ward will be turned into a centre of celebration, with the TV tuned into watch the Queen’s activities during the day.

Elsewhere in the East of England, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be helping patients to celebrate with Jubilee cakes, events in the hospital chapel and free TV for Jubilee events.

Babies born on Saturday 2 June on the hospital’s maternity-led birthing unit will be presented with hats and booties knitted by staff from the unit. 

The Chapel will be open to visitors on the afternoon of 5th June when they can see a collage of photos of the Queen, write on “Where were you?” memory boards, listen to songs from throughout the Queen’s reign, and share in tea and cake.

Meanwhile volunteers at Southampton’s teaching hospitals celebrated the start of the jubilee with an award from the Queen.

Team members at Southampton Hospital Radio, which celebrates 60 years of broadcasting at Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals in October, received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award, created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, is the highest given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises outstanding community work.

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