Lewisham CCG celebrates Practice Nurses on International Nurses Day
NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group celebrated International Nurses Day 2016 with a reception for all the practice nurses across the borough.
There are 98 practice nurses working across Lewisham, and they are based in GP surgeries and provide a range of services from child immunisations, wound management, family planning and health screening for patients from birth to death. Some of them are also ANPs (Advanced Nurse Practitioners) who have undertaken additional post graduate training which means they can work on their own to support patients with long term conditions like diabetes and respiratory and heat disease . Some of them also run minor injury and illness clinics which helps relieve the bottle neck in A&E.
Practice nurses were invited to a special event that took place at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Hospital on Thursday 12 May. 29 nurses form Lewisham Practices as well as Lead nurses from Bexley, Bromley and Hackney came along to mark the occasion and enjoyed a buffet reception, prizes and were invited to write messages to their colleagues.
Lyn Hunt Sydenham Green Group Practice, Sarah Johansson Amersham Vale Practice, Hannah West Baring Road Medical Centre and Beverley Ayanda Woodlands Medical Centre, Jill Perkis, Morden Hill Surgery were the lucky winners on the day (pictured).
Debbie Brown, Nurse Consultant at NHS Lewisham CCG, who organised the event said: "It was great to see so many nurses together in the same place. This is the first event that has taken place in honour of practice nurses in Lewisham on International Nurses Day. Our practice nurses make a tremendous contribution to the health and well-being of people in Lewisham through our primary care services and we wanted to acknowledge this. Practice nurses work tirelessly and this is our small gesture to show them that we really appreciate their dedication and commitment."
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) Kit.