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New Forest care home celebrates ‘Lady with the Lamp’
May 21, 2012
NURSES and residents at a Hampshire care home wound the clock back to remember the famous ‘Lady with the Lamp’, Florence Nightingale.
Staff at Colten Care’s Woodpeckers home in Brockenhurst donned mid-19th century nurses’ uniforms in honour of the woman often cited as the founder of modern nursing.
In one of the home’s lounges, they recreated a wounded soldiers’ ward from the Crimean War where the young nurse first saw the poor hygiene conditions she vowed to change.
Alongside, they acted out a scene from St Thomas’ Hospital in London where Nightingale introduced improved standards of care and cleanliness which have been followed and developed in hospitals ever since.
Staff and residents also went on a minibus trip to St Margaret's Church at East Wellow, where Nightingale is buried.
The commemoration was part of the annual International Nurses Week, coinciding with the anniversary of Nightingale’s birth in 1820.
Home Manager Jacqueline Reddell, who shares Nightingale’s birthday of 12 May, said: “It was a lovely way to involve staff and residents in remembering how modern nursing began. We have a resident, Sidney Rosenbaum, who is an expert on Florence Nightingale and has had a paper about her published. He read from his paper and told the residents some of her story. Residents wore mop caps and shawls so they could take part and join in.”
Mrs Reddell added: “On the day, we had a visitor who had never been to Woodpeckers before who thought we always dressed that way and it was our normal uniform!”
Woodpeckers even did a mini-version of the annual Florence Nightingale Nursing Awards. A certificate was presented to staff which included comments from friends and relatives of residents praising the standards of care in the home.
Chef David Jaques rounded off the week by making a celebration cake for ‘Team Woodpeckers’.
Colten Care runs 19 homes across the South providing a range of services including quality residential, nursing and dementia care.
Staff at Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst in their 19th century nurses uniforms. Joining them is resident Sidney Rosenbaum (seated, centre).
Staff at Colten Care's Avon Reach don period costumes to celebrate International Nurses Day and the birth of Florence Nightingale.