A nurse at a London NHS trust has written a poem to say ‘thank you’ to staff and colleagues working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lead nurse for retention at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Rebecca Boxall, put together the poem called ‘18,000 thank yous’ to pay tribute to each individual staff member at the trust who had “played their part” in the response to the crisis.
The trust had previously brought in a package of wellbeing support for its nurses and other staff, including a supermarket, a laundry service and “rest and recharge” zones to help relieve pressure throughout the pandemic, as reported by Nursing Times.
It has also received donations from outside the organisation, but Ms Boxall wanted to go a step further and make a gesture that was “personal”.
“I wrote the poem to send to staff as a different way of saying thank you,” she told Nursing Times.
“Our organisation has supported staff extremely well and there have been outpourings of donations from local companies as well, but I wanted staff to feel the thank you was really personal.”
From staff who “moved department” to those who “found new homes”, the poem is intended to thank all 18,000 employees at the trust.
“I tried to include everyone, not necessarily just frontline workers, as everyone has played their part,” Ms Boxall added.
“It’s called 18,000 thank yous as we have 18,000 staff [and] each and every one of them is as important as the next.”
The poem itself has been paired with artwork from Damien Hurst and was made into posters that were put up across the trust’s hospitals.
“I’ve had lots of lovely comments about it and it’s been a privilege to see it up on the wards for staff to read,” said Ms Boxall.