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QE nurse who won nation's heart meets Duke and Duchess

QE nurse who won nation's heart meets Duke and Duchess

Published by Beth Pridding
9:31pm 5th July 2020.

A nurse whose emotional reunion with her two daughters went viral has met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this weekend. 

Suzie Vaughan, who is an operating department practitioner at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, spent nine weeks away from her daughter's, while she worked on the front line to battle COVID-19.

Prince William and Katherine visited the hospital on today to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. 

The royals praised staff and thanked the local community in West Norfolk for supporting the NHS during the pandemic. 

Suzie, who was with daughters, Hettie and Bella, for the celebration, said:

“It was a difficult decision but I wanted to keep the girls safe so they moved in with my sister.

“I worked on the COVID Intensive Treatment Unit and COVID Emergency Department during the pandemic. The past three months have been exhausting physically and emotionally and The Duke and Duchess’s visit is a recognition of the hard work and compassion  that everybody has put in to keep our patients safe.”

Staff across the Trust have cared for more than 450 patients with COVID-19 in the first few months of the pandemic. 291 who tested positive for COVID, have since been discharged from QEH.

Frontline doctors and nurses, support teams and administration staff have all worked tirelessly to provide safe care for patients at the hospital.

The site was split into zones to separate  COVID and suspected COVID patients from non-COVID patients, including creating an additional Emergency Department. New ways of working and technology were implemented at pace and staff were redeployed into new teams to support care.

Trust chairman, Professor Steve Barnett, said:

“The past few months have been incredibly challenging for everyone at QEH, and for the wider NHS, as we have responded to this global pandemic.  I could not be more proud of how our staff have responded – always putting patients and their safety first.

“As the nation celebrates the NHS’s 72nd birthday and we mark our own hospital’s 40th anniversary, today’s visit by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a testament to the high regard we all have for  those who care for us when we need it the most.

“Both our staff and the local community, who have given us so much support over the past few months, should be rightly proud of themselves. We have an incredibly special relationship with our local community in West Norfolk, and today’s clap was about saying thank you for the unrivalled support we have received in recent months, for which we could not be more grateful.”