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Nurse helps older patients celebrate VE Day with party

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A nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham recently went over and above the call of duty to support her patients, by organising a “VE Day party” with help from the hospital charity. 

The party was arranged by Amy Rogers, an assistant nurse practitioner at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

“Patients that had been quiet and withdrawn were suddenly chatting to each other”

Amy Rogers

She organised an afternoon of tea, cake and conversation for elderly patients on the trauma ward to mark the anniversary of 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe – known as Victory in Europe Day or VE Day for short.

The party took place on the 9 May on ward 412 and was supported by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.

Ms Rogers said: “We invited all the patients as well as their relatives to celebrate VE Day.

“Everyone that came had lots of party food, drinks and cakes and spent hours singing and sharing stories of VE Day with each other and their families,” she said.

“Patients that had been quiet and withdrawn were suddenly chatting to each other, and people we have been struggling to encourage to eat and drink were asking for second helpings,” she added.

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