Staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will join together on the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March, to pay respect to everyone impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tree of Hope outside of the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary will be lit up yellow, with WWL Chief Executive Silas Nicholls and Chairman Robert Armstrong attending a short ceremony alongside leaders from Wigan Council and Wigan Borough CCG.
Staff and patients will also be able to hang messages of reflection, memorial or hope on trees in the chapel and prayer rooms at RAEI, Wrightington and Leigh, with WWL’s Chaplaincy service available to offer support, should anyone wish to talk.
Silas Nicholls, who is leading WWL’s day of reflection, said:
“Although we may not need a reminder of what we have faced and overcome, there is always a need to take the time to reflect. Reflect not only on how we have come together, adapted and found ways to embrace this new type of world, but also to take a moment to remember those we have sadly lost too soon due to this deadly and unforgiving virus.
“Many of us, and our patients’ families, have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or to grieve. The National Day of Reflection is a moment for us all to remember and grieve, but also to celebrate the lives of everyone we have lost during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues.
“Not only have we come together as a WWL family, but also as a Borough, whether that’s through ensuring all staff, patients and public are protected and kept safe through our Borough wide vaccination programme, or through the deployment of staff to support our organisations in their time of need.
“If people are planning to take a moment to reflect, we have to stress that this is done in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidelines, as the continued safety of our staff, patients and the wider public remains our continued priority.
“Remember, we are all in this together.”