Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William took to Twitter to share an unheard phone call with NHS key workers at 8pm tonight as thousands across the UK clapped in appreciation for the health service. William and Kate “shared in our grief”, staff from Queen’s Hospital Burton in the West Midlands said after the royals rang on Wednesday to talk about consultant Amged El-Hawrani. It comes as a total of 2,921 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday, the Department of Health said, up by 569 from 2,352 the day before.
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In the call, William said: “We’d just like to sya from the two of us how proud we are of all of you and how amazingly you are doing under extreme circumstances.
“I know all of you see this as you job and that you get on with it, but this is a different level and you are doing an incredible job.
“The whole country is proud of you so thank you for everything you’re doing and all the hours you are putting in.”
Thousands of Brits took to their doorsteps and windows to praise the NHS for it’s continuous efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Clap For Carers initiative saw residents applauding from their doorsteps, windows and balconies at 8pm, with some venturing into the streets, and motorists joining in by tooting their horns.
Meanwhile notable buildings were lit up in blue for the salute as part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you.
The royal family and the Prime Minister joined people all over the UK who flocked to their balconies and windows to applaud the NHS staff battling the coronavirus pandemic.
The duke and duchess chatted via speaker phone from their Norfolk home to hospital staff in Staffordshire whose shifts had been arranged so they were able to briefly step away from their duties without patient care suffering.
Taking part were Gavin Boyle, chief executive of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, and six staff from Queen’s Hospital Burton, including Mr Thompson and nurses of various grades who working in departments ranging from intensive care to emergency.
Emily Johnson, a hospital spokeswoman who listened in on the 25-minute conversation, said it had boosted morale, adding: “It genuinely felt like they shared in our grief.”
Alice Bloxham, a sister in the hospital’s COVID-19 cohort ward, said of the call: “Until recently our ward was an acute care of the elderly ward, but now we are caring for patients with COVID-19.
“This has been a difficult time for all the patients we care for and for the staff working in a very different environment. It was a pleasure to talk to the duke and duchess and to be able to explain some of the challenges we face for our patients.”
Published at Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:17:00 +0000