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News - RD&E Marks Diamond Jubilee

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Jubilee Bunting


Being in hospital did not prevent our patients from being able to join the national celebrations of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary on Tuesday 5 June 2012.


Patients on the elderly care Kenn and Bovey wards at the RD&E Wonford hospital helped staff make paper chains and bunting in readiness for the big day.


Jubilee Celebrations


Matron Debbie Cheeseman said: “For those patients who did not want to miss out on the jubilee celebration we wanted to host our own tea party. Senior managers served afternoon teas and cakes, and for patients with dementia, our nurses made memory cards with images of Queen Elizabeth to prompt discussion and recognition of this special occasion.”


Julie Vale

Matron Julie Vale serves sandwiches on Kenn and Bovey Ward


The pop of Bucks Fizz corks could be heard in the haematology and cancer day case unit. The waiting lounge was decked out in bunting and a buffet spread was laid on for patients and their relatives by the Exeter Leukaemia Fund charity.


Senior matron for cancer services Keith Mitchell said: “The clinical care of our patients goes on regardless but we thought it would be a shame for those who have their clinic appointments to miss out on the celebrations. We have had a lovely response from patients and their families when they saw all the red, white and blue.”


Director of Nursing & Patient Care Em Wilkinson-Brice said: “We recognise that this is an historic event and we didn’t want anyone to miss out on the fun because they were in hospital. Our staff went to a lot of effort to make this day special for their patients.”


Jubilee celebration

Patient Heather Norman is served cucumber sandwiches by senior matron for cancer services Keith Mitchell at the RD&E Haematology and Cancer Day Case Unit, with colleagues Neil Toghill and Helen Dagger

Staff Jubilee celebration

Hospital chef Stewart McAlees tempts Mere Ward staff nurses Alex Pogodin and Kirstie Dean with Jubilee cupcakes. All staff on duty today (5 June) were offered a cupcake courtesy of the catering service. Over 3,000 individual cakes were baked by chef Angela Jones.





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