Special day for nurses and carers celebrated at Orchard House

By Carole Dennett May 12, 2020

Coinciding with the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, today is International Nurses Day celebrating nurses and care staff around the world. Residents and staff at Orchard House care home, in Newport, were happy to get involved by hosting a much deserved celebration with gifts for nursing staff and an activity pack for residents.

This year the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife, because it will also mark the bicentennial of Nightingale’s birth. This theme is even more relevant in this unprecedented time, when the Island community is hugely indebted to all nursing and care staff.  It is a day to recognise the important work and dedication of care givers everywhere, who often go above and beyond the call of duty.

Emma Sutton, Nurse at Orchard House, said “I love nursing, I’m so passionate about nursing as a career, my education was fantastic and I’ve always had a passion for elderly care provision. Nursing has changed significantly with multiple routes into the job role and for young people looking to start a rewarding career, nursing is the perfect opportunity.”

Gaynor Rhead, General Manager said: “At Orchard House, our nurses and staff are hard-working, dedicated, and passionate about caring for others, and that compassion and commitment has shone through even more these past few weeks. They continue to work tirelessly, and I’m proud of the professionalism and duty of care they uphold. All their efforts are focused on creating an enjoyable environment for our residents, so it’s nice to take this time to show our appreciation in return.”

Rita Digweed, who lives at Orchard House, said: “all the nurses are absolutely brilliant. They are so good and kind, they work an awful lot for all of us. I used to be able to do so much and they work tirelessly to help me and make me feel at home.”

Orchard House are supporting the NHS wherever possible.  They are still taking admissions for those that need care in the next 4 weeks.  You can call them on 520022 if you are looking for care or need further information.