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From 1 January 2022, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend adult in-patient visiting in order to help protect our vulnerable patients. Please visit here for more information. 

Patient appointments

As we continue to see a rise in our urgent care admissions, a surge in admissions of Covid positive patients, and workforce shortages created by Covid isolation, some appointments for planned care may need to be delayed.

We will continue to prioritise urgent and emergency care and cancer treatments and we will do everything we can to avoid delaying care. If we need to take the difficult decision to delay appointments, we will contact affected patients directly to let them know. 

If you do not hear from us, please attend as requested in your appointment letter.

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Sherwood domestic celebrates NHS 73rd birthday with HRH Prince William and the Prime Minister

Posted Monday, July 5, 2021 4:09 PM

Sherwood domestic celebrates NHS 73rd birthday with HRH Prince William and the Prime Minister

Diane Caunt, a specialist domestic at Sherwood Forest Hospitals celebrated the NHS’s 73rd birthday in style, with a surprise chat with HRH Prince William and the Prime Minister. 

Diane was attending a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral to say thank you to NHS colleagues who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. 

She was selected to attend the special event after a nomination by the Trust and received a surprise phone call this morning asking if she would like to meet some VIPs as part of the occasion. She jumped at the chance and found herself meeting the two guests of honour at the front of the Cathedral. 

Diane’s day job is to deep clean wards on a rotational basis, is employed by Medirest as part of their contract to provide cleaning services to the Trust.  During the pandemic, her skills were recognised as being key to supporting the Trust to help keep colleagues and patients safe. She was asked to work in the Emergency Department to undertake specialist cleaning that was needed in red areas after each patient move and she didn’t hesitate to help. 

Throughout the pandemic, Diane has worked over her contracted hours to cover for colleagues and to offer additional support. Her only time off has been when she herself tested positive for Covid-19, with her husband becoming ill just a few days later. 

Diane says of the occasion, “The service itself was really moving and I was honoured to be a part of it. It was amazing to be asked to meet Prince William and the Prime Minister; they were both really friendly and asked me about Sherwood, how things had been at the height of the pandemic and how they are now. I told them that I hope we have turned a corner and I mentioned how supportive my family have been. 

“It has been such a lovely experience and I was proud to represent all my friends and colleagues at Sherwood.” 

Lorna Branton, director of communications at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust and one of the colleagues who nominated Diane says: “Diane has served her local community with professionalism, friendliness and stoicism, right on the frontline. She has had a really difficult job throughout the pandemic and has supported patients and colleagues throughout. 

“Our domestic colleagues are highly valued and respected and we are delighted that Diane could represent us at the ceremony. It was a lovely way to say thank you to her and her colleagues, who have kept our Trust clean and safe for our patients.”