White rose dedicated to the service of all nurses past and present

Torbay Hospital Nurses League anniversary rose tribute

Torbay Hospital Nurses League anniversary rose tribute - Credit: Archant

A special planting ceremony has taken place at Torbay Hospital to honour the service of all nurses, past and present.

Torbay Hospital Nurses League marked its 75th anniversary by planting the specially chosen pure white rose Tranquility in the hospital rose garden, which is run by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

The planting was attended by Liz Davenport, trust chief executive, and Jane Watson, president of Torbay Nurses League.

The ceremony was also attended by trust chief nurse Deborah Kelly; chaplain Rev Angela Sumner; Jo Brimblecombe, hospital site services lead; Annie Hall, trust governor; and Nurses League members Julie Back and Elaine Biden.

Jane said the anniversary was due to be a more sociable event but this had to be cancelled by the pandemic: “The league committee was greatly saddened when the 75th anniversary plans had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this was a lovely ceremony and we are very pleased at the support from the trust.

“The importance of marking this historic milestone was paramount in order to reiterate the League’s ethos of ‘nurses’ supporting nurses’.

“So, it was decided to buy commemorative rose bushes. The roses symbolise hope and new beginnings. This being so appropriate and signifying the importance of upholding the honour, dignity and values of the nursing profession.

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“This is a time to acknowledge all nurses, past, present and future for their continued care, commitment and compassion to all patients in our hospital and community settings, particularly during these difficult times.”

A second rose has been planted in Homeyards Botanical Gardens in Shaldon as a tribute to community nursing.

Members of Torbay Nurses League have all worked at Torbay Hospital and in the community over numerous years, encompassing all wards, departments and specialities including education and training.

Lockdown was a busy and productive time for members who made 150 sets of hospital scrubs and 500 ‘comfort hearts’ were also made for patients and families. These were distributed through hospital wards, departments’ and care homes. Also, 170 re-usable masks were made for Rowcroft Hospice ancillary workers.