“While we can’t all be home for Christmas, we’re doing everything we can to make sure our patients can be” is the poignant message of an uplifting festive video celebrating the incredible contribution of NHS staff.
The new video, released today (Friday 23nd December 2022) by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, shows how NHS staff go above and beyond to care for their patients and help them return home to be with their loved ones for Christmas.
For the majority of NHS Staff, work continues over the Christmas period as normal, and it is thanks to these dedicated individuals that many families across Gwent will be able to celebrate with their loved ones. With a number of these roles very much behind the scenes, each staff member- no matter their role- contributes to the overall experience of patients and plays a part in their care.
Nicola Prygodzicz, Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said:
“This video is a tribute to our incredible staff that work so hard all year round across the whole of the Health Board with everyone contributing to the experience of our patients and communities in one way or another. The film is a snapshot of how staff work together to go above and beyond to support patients to get well enough to return home to their loved ones, especially at Christmas time, and they work extremely hard every year to make that happen. They sacrifice so much of their own Christmas period to make sure their patients are looked after, and so this video is really a testament to them and their unwavering dedication.”
The video, filmed at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, features Aneurin Bevan University Health Board staff, as well as volunteer, Valmai, and local Gwent children, Lili, 5 weeks old, and Kit, 2 years old.
Lili, who plays the new-born baby at the beginning of the video, was born 5 weeks ago at The Grange University Hospital. Her mother, Jess, said:
“We wanted to take part in this video as a way of showing our appreciation for the NHS and for the care we’ve received. We are so grateful to everyone who helped bring our daughter safely into the world- thankfully we were able to bring her straight home the next day after a planned c-section.
“Taking part in this video reminded us that the staff who were there to help us bring our beautiful baby girl home for Christmas will also be working over the Christmas period and spending it away from their own families. They are all so dedicated and we sometimes take for granted the fact that they’ll be there to look after us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Thank you, NHS!”
Watch the video here:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board would like to wish all staff, patients and residents a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.