Five nurses from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have attended a reception to celebrate the outstanding work of frontline nurses at Buckingham Palace in the presence of H.R.H. Prince of Wales and the Countess of Wessex.
SASH nurses, Fiona Allsop, chief nurse, Maria Padfield, paediatric diabetes clinical nurse specialist, Chris O’ Connor, consultant admiral nurse, Sandhya Blakey, ward manager and Selina Chandler, matron, joined Prince Charles and the Countess of Wessex on Wednesday 14 March as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations to recognise the outstanding work of frontline nurses from all across the UK.
Chris O’ Connor said: “It was a fantastic evening and a privilege to meet Prince Charles who acknowledged the pressures faced by frontline hospital staff and Sophie, Countess of Wessex who talked about the dedication of staff and asked us what kept us going through challenging times.”
Sandhya Blakey said: “I was very shocked to be invited to attend the reception at the Palace, this is a great honour”.
Fiona Allsop said: “I was delighted to be invited to this celebration of frontline nurses and I am very proud of the commitment of all our nurses to making a difference to the people we care for”.