Sir David Sloman, the head of the NHS in London, has today thanked the capital’s 270,000 NHS staff; many of whom will be caring for patients over Christmas and missing out on time with their loved ones.
In what has been one of the busiest years for the NHS in the capital, Sir David also praised the dedication and bravery of those who responded to the recent terror attack on London Bridge. He declared that London’s NHS staff are “among the very best of us”.
In a video message released on social media today, the Mayor of London, Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, magician Dynamo, charity chief Kris Hallenga and other well-known London faces have also shared their heartfelt thanks to NHS staff.
All of those involved in the #ThankYouNHS campaign video are passionate advocates for the NHS and the role its staff play in caring for us.
NHS staff – from consultants, to nurses, to porters and cooks – play a pivotal role in helping to realise an ambition to make London the healthiest city in the world, and the best place to receive care.
Sir David Sloman, Regional Director for NHS London, said:
“As 2019 draws to a close, I want to thank each and every member of NHS staff in London for their tireless work and dedication to caring for us – come rain or shine. They are truly among the very best of us.
“I want to make the capital the best place in the world to receive health care. I know that the NHS’s remarkable staff have the skill, dedication and passion to help us to make this a reality.”
The festive period is undoubtedly one of the busiest times for the NHS. Patients and the public are encouraged to follow tips to stay well this winter including:
- Getting the flu jab if you’re eligible
- Speaking to a pharmacist before an illness gets worse
- Make sure you order repeat prescriptions in good time (and know the festive opening hours for your local pharmacies)
- Checking in on elderly or vulnerable friends and family
- Contacting NHS 111 if you are worried about a health condition, but it’s not an emergency. This will help make sure that 999 and A&E services are reserved for those who need it most.