International Nurses Day (12/05/20)

Date: 23 June 2020      Category: News

In May, we celebrated the International Day of the Nurse. We honoured this day by taking a deep look into the lives and work activities of our Salts Medilink Nurses.

Awarded a rating of GOOD by Care Quality Commission (CQC) across all 5 Key Lines of Enquiry

The Salts Medilink® Nurse Team is currently made up of 27 nurses who cover various locations in England, supporting both primary and secondary care. Our primary aim is to deliver an ethical and equitable service to all stoma patients following our Working in Partnership pathway (WIP).

COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the pandemic outbreak and lockdown terms, our team have had to adapt to a new way of working in order to support our patients and acute trusts. In line with our new WIP Pathway (Working In Partnership Pathway), we have continued to maintain a supportive and timely service using new methods of patient contact – including regular telephone appointments, video calling and photography, If face-to-face contact is clinically required, our nurses are equipped with all the correct PPE for the safety of the patients as well as their own.

Medilink® Stay Connected Support Service

Since the launch of our new Medilink® Stay Connected Support Service, 2 Salts Medilink nurses, Dawn Chadwick and Anne-Marie Pickerell, have been supporting people with a stoma and/or continence conditions that might have had clinical problems whilst self-isolating over the phone.

Supporting the NHS

A number of our nurses (Sarah Ashworth, Gill Wilson, Michelle Scripps and Lisa Hall) have spent their free time raising money for the NHS through various activities.

  • Providing hand creams for NHS Nurses
  • Making scrubs for Nurses
  • Making Mask Fasteners
  • Sewing Hearts for those that have lost their lives to COVID-19 and their families.

Feedback from Bradford Royal Infirmary Intensive Care…

Feedback from patients…

Feedback from colleagues…

Poems our Nurses have written…

In the midst of an unprecedented time, some of our Nurses have found a new way to share their experiences and feelings of being a Stoma Care Nurse during a pandemic.

Gill Wilson, a Community Stoma Nurse, has written ‘Thoughts & Reflections’. The poem expresses Gill’s journey since the outbreak including a very heartfelt experience; suffering with the coronavirus herself.

‘A day in the Life of a Stoma Nurse’ is a poem written by Barbara Milleret, a Community Stoma Nurse. This poem descriptively talks through a day in the life since the outbreak of the pandemic and includes the ways in which our team has had to adapt to a new way of working.

We would like to say a big Thankyou to all nurses working hard and doing such a great job, now and all the time.