Staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WWL) are bringing out the bunting to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend.
In recognition of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service WWL’s hospital and community sites are turning red, white and blue to celebrate – with wards competing to win the title of ‘Best Dressed’.
As well as the competition, 1950s music will be played on the volunteer-led Radio Wrightington and wards, and patients who will spend the special weekend in hospital won’t miss out, thanks to the catering team at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, who will be marking the occasion with a commemorative menu.
Specially recreated using an NHS menu from the Queen’s Coronation Year, and another from 1952, patients will enjoy three course evening meals, including cream of tomato soup, a roast chicken dinner and tinned fruit and ice cream, a ‘traditional chippy tea’ and afternoon teas, as well as ‘Street Party Celebrations’ of cakes and snacks.
Catering Manager, Gavin Thorpe said: “We want our patients to be part of this special anniversary event and I’m very proud of the department coming together to do this for them.”
WWL’s Chief Executive, Silas Nicholls said: “The past two years have been difficult for everybody so it will be fantastic to be able to celebrate together once again. It is important for the Trust to make sure our patients and our staff are able to celebrate this historical moment along with the rest of the country.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all our colleagues who are working over the long Bank Holiday weekend to deliver our 24/7 services, and to those colleagues who are able to have some time off, I hope that you enjoy the celebrations and a well-deserved rest.”