Southend nurses receive a Royal invitation
22 March 2018
Two dedicated members of nursing staff from Southend University Hospital found themselves invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 14 March by Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate those engaged in front line nursing.
As part of NHS 70 celebrations Directors of Nursing from across
the UK were invited to nominate members of their nursing staff to
be selected for an invitation to the celebratory event.
Sherrie Tucker, a Modern Matron in Theatres and Post-Operative
Care, and Susie Mitchell, the Nurse Team Lead for Oral &
Maxillo-Facial Surgery, were surprised when they received their
royal invitations. They were addressed from 'The Master of the
Household' under 'Her majesty's command' announcing that the
reception would be in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Of the evening event the pair said: "It was a real honour to
represent our fellow nurses at Southend, Basildon and Mid-Essex
hospitals. We both felt overwhelmed at the reception we received on
entering the Palace, it truly was a special night.
"We were lucky enough to speak to HRH Prince Charles who also
gave a speech highlighting genuine admiration for the work we do
'from the cradle to the grave'. An additional surprise was meeting
HRH Sophie the Countess of Wessex who shared with us her own
positive personal experience of her mother's end of life care and
her heartfelt gratitude to the nursing profession.
"It's definitely a night we will never forget! Among the
nurses there was the nurse for the Royal household who was wearing
the same spotty uniform as our clinical nurse specialists, which
was a particular highlight.
"Thank you to those who nominated us, it means such a lot for
the nursing profession as a whole to gain such recognition"
Sherrie was nominated by Karen Kinnear, Assistant Director for
Theatres & Critical Care Management, for going above and beyond
in ensuring patients are prepared for surgery, supporting staff and
always coming up with ideas to rectify issues.
Meanwhile Susie was nominated by Denise Townsend, Director of
Nursing for Southend, for her inspirational leadership and for
establishing the neonatal tongue tie service that has
revolutionised the care pathway for babies, ensuring best
Denise said: "It's fantastic that Southend Hospital nurses got
to help represent the NHS at 70 at Buckingham Palace, helping fly
the flag for the great work our nursing staff accomplish day in and
day out under huge pressure."