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Caring, Compassionate, Inspiring and Crazy: Nurse Kelly to walk 31 miles for Vasculitis UK

Words are cheap.
Actions are costly.
Walking 31 miles is crazy.
Living Examples of Caring and Compassion in Nursing:

Kelly is walking for Vasculitis UK
Kelly Fee, Junior Sister on Laurel Unit (Cardiology), will be walking 31 miles of the Worcestershire Way on 29 June to raise money and awareness for Vasculitis UK.

Kelly’s friend suffers from Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN) which is a rare form of Vasculitis and he has organised the charity walk which will start in Bewdley and finish in Great Malvern.

Vasculitis UK provides support, advice and information to those suffering from vasculitis and their families. The Trust also sponsors research into the causes and treatment of vasculitis and works to raise general awareness of vasculitic diseases.

To sponsor Kelly please visit her Just Giving page “For more informatation about vasculitis UK go to:

LOOK AT THINGS ANOTHER WAY- BE A WONDERWORM. “Lessons from “James and the Giant Peach”


OK… so it’s a couple of weeks since the Blog got off the ground. And in that time it has had 2000 views. And staff have mentioned it as we have passed in the corridors and on the wards.

But the thing that amazes me most is how much people welcome it. “Great idea” they say. “Well done!”
It just goes to show how things can be if we look at them another way.

The one way is all doom and gloom. Everything is bad and failing. There is no escape from the inexorable collapse of the NHS.

Remember James and the Giant Peach. The poor earthworm who was nearly eaten on a fishing hook, and who then tempted the birds to eat him so that they could fly the peach. The way he saw the world was through the spectacles of doom and gloom.

So James gave him some advice and changed the way he viewed life.

James: Whenever I had a problem, my parents told me to look at it another way.
Earthworm: *How*? First, I was bird bait, and then I was *shark* bait.
James: That’s true, but you could say that you gave us wings to fly, and that you defeated a giant shark single-handedly.
Earthworm: No-handedly.
James: You’re a hero.
Earthworm: I am. I’m Wonderworm!

And when you look at it that way… well it’s amazing how you can see the opportunities. The more you look, the more you see.

So this week I think already of:

My friend Judi Barratt, who when faced with a phone call from me to sort something out, didn’t give a big sigh as if it was too much trouble. Got onto it, and sorted it out, because it made a difference to some parents in tragic circumstances.
Or the staff on Avon 1, who (at a funeral I took yesterday) had praise heaped on them by the family of a patient for the way they treated him in his last weeks of life.
Or Jackie and Claire in the Bereavement Office, who treat so many who come into this place, with compassion and care.
Or Alison Davies, Matron, so concerned about one gentleman at the end of his days – the sort of person I want around when I am in trouble
Or Anita Cupper, Matron, who stopped me in the corridor and who is clearly passionate about the service which is delivered to patients.
Or Anita Fulton, at ServicePoint, who goes the extra mile for me.
Or Car Park Jon, with a heart of gold.
Or Mo, the Wayfinder volunteer, for whom nothing is too much trouble and will go out of her way to help those finding their way around this place maybe for the first time.

I hesitate to say that these are all Wonderworms, but you know what I mean.

Small things can make all the difference. It’s just about looking at things a different way.

And the more I look, the more I see the amazing things we do.

CHAPLAIN’S BLOG: Stardate 10.3.13 (Mother’s Day): 3:30am


People ask if Hospitals in the 21st Century need a Chaplain. The secular society pops up at times and says it’s a waste of money. But if you want a snippet of what I do, then read this email I recieved: (the author has asked for it to be anonymised). Then you decide.

“Hello David,

On behalf of my son P and my daughter H, and myself, I am writing to thank you most sincerely for coming over to the Alex in the early hours of that Sunday morning, ironically Mothering Sunday, as their mother (and my beloved wife) slipped away from us for ever.

Although not overly religious for most of her life, I think L may have had some premonition that the end was coming sooner than expected as we know that she did take communion at the bedside along with another lady patient, only a few days previously.

P, H,and I found your presence to be very comforting at that very sad and distressing time and we thank you for the prayers you said at her bedside.

Although you will probably say that it “goes with the territory”, we are nevertheless extremely grateful to you for turning out in the middle of the night, when we were in the middle of that very cold snap of weather.

Life for us all will never be the same again; it never can be but, with the funeral over, our lives are now gradually starting to move in a new direction. Both P and H are married with young children. P’s are older and it has been difficult to try and explain that they will not see their grandmother again. H’s daughter is only 2 and therefore too young to appreciate the enormity of it all.

For me, it is a challenge; the forging of a new life, a life on my own, something I have never experienced before. H is even having to teach me how to cook as I never had any interest in it at all. Beans on toast was about my limit.

However, I am so grateful that I have P and his wife H, together with H and her husband A close at hand with the three grandchildren. At times like this, one needs family and I am so glad that we have always been a close family unit.

Once again, our most sincere thanks to you.

KInd Regards,

Excellent Care for my Lovely Mum: A Nurse praises Laurel 3

“Dear David

Re: My lovely mom Beryl Price

I would love to thank all the staff on Laurel 3 for the excellent care they gave my lovely mom Beryl Price and us as a family whilst she was dying. They truly are angels, and this is what caring is all about. She could not have been on a better ward, and the standard of care from nurses, doctors, admin & domestics was second to none. We as a family felt cared for. Me, dad and my sister Nicky never left my mom’s side for 10 days and 10 nights, and the staff never moaned at us for being there, in fact we felt part of the Laurel 3 family!! Nothing was too much trouble, and they carried out care with the highest standard, dignity and compassion.
My mom loved all the staff on the ward and so do we as a family. Glenis Adams has a group of staff on Laurel 3 to be very proud of, and they are a credit to her.
David, I do have to mention you as well as the care & support you gave us helped us through the most heart breaking period of our lives, you visited us a couple of times a day whilst on Laurel 3, you truly are a special man.

If there was an award for the most caring, kind, compassionate, dignified and dedicated ward then Laurel 3 deserve it. As a nurse myself, I would like to thank all the staff on Laurel 3 & you David from the bottom of my heart for what you all did for my lovely mom, I felt so scared about mom passing away, but the hugs, kind words and compassion shown to me made it feel like I was not alone, so thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I truly mean this, you are an inspiration to what nursing is all about.

With all my love
Trudy Price
Staff Nurse in Occupational Health”

Nothing was too much trouble for Hospital Staff

Mrs. Smith added a comment:

“I have been in hospital a few times of late and have, each time, had excellent care from staff. Having been in a few times as I have said nothing was too much trouble for them and they did not make me feel as though I was a nuisance.”

Thank you so much for your comment.

Worcester Councillor Roger Knight speaks of “First Class Treatment” in Hospitals


The comment from Roger Knight – Worcester City Councillor – is in the comments section but deserves a post to itself. Councillor Knight says:

“I have the greatest respect for the staff as well as gratitude and the treatment I have received over the years has always been first class. I have a lot to thank them for.”

Thank you so much for the comment.