I know there isn’t a week that goes by without a letter about Grantham Hospital, but I feel it’s important to write in.
I worked as a housekeeper, food assistant, healthcare support worker, student nurse, and nurse at Grantham Hospital and I have also been a patient several times. I started my nursing career in another hospital but recently I returned for some shifts until my new position starts. In 18 months a lot has changed, including moving and merging of the surgical wards. One thing still stands strong, which is the pride of the hospital.
I’ve worked and visited several hospitals but I have never heard any of the staff speak with such fond memories and pride of what the hospital used to provide, how many wards there were, the skills of other staff members, the different types of surgeries etc. However, these are just memories and it’s sad to hear about Wards 3, 4 and 7; wards which have been long since closed and never reopened and how busy and thriving the hospital used to be. These stories feel to me like folklore, but to some of the staff, they are seeing their workplace being changed and downsized in front of their eyes. In less than five years, I have noticed massive changes.
I am very proud to say that I completed my nurse training at Grantham, as I feel it shaped me into the staff nurse that I am today. The staff are kind, thoughtful and have time for the patients, their families and other members of their team. Nursing is a caring profession and it radiates through with the staff who I have encountered in the past few weeks. I have definitely taken this skill with me to the other city hospitals I have worked at. It would be a shame if this hospital downsized anymore, within the walls there is fantastic, skilled and knowledgeable workers providing gold standard care.
If you find yourself or a loved one in hospital over the bank holiday (I hope not!), think about the nurses and give them a hug, a handshake or even a high five. You’re being cared for by the best, trust me, you’re in safe hands!