On 12 May 2023, Benenden Hospital welcomed TV presenter, medical broadcaster and GP Dr Hilary Jones MBE to celebrate both International Nurses Day and National Operating Department Practitioners’ (ODP) Day (14 May).
Recognising the vital work of hospital staff
He toured the facilities of the private hospital, near Cranbrook, meeting staff across all areas, including the nursing, theatres, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy and catering teams, as well as chatting to patients.
Dr Hilary’s return to the hospital was an evocative occasion for both him and the staff, as in 2018 he had unveiled the plaque for the official opening of its multi-million-pound redevelopment.
He said, “This day is an opportunity to reflect on the fantastic work of nurses around the globe. They are the bedrock of hospitals everywhere.
Benenden ‘setting the standard’ for hospital care
“Benenden is truly setting the standard. The team are all passionate and dedicated about what they do and it's a wonderful, very healing environment. From personal experience, as soon as you arrive, you feel as if you're already in a sanctuary where you are going to get better.”
Discussing the Theatres team, he commented: “The people who do such brilliant work in operating theatres are not always the most visible to patients, and as a result can often be forgotten. They work without the usual plaudits and appreciation that others who are more visible might attract, so having a day dedicated to them to make sure they know they're valued is vital.”
Hospital Director Jane Abbott said: “We were thrilled to welcome Dr Hilary to highlight the incredible work of our nursing and ODP teams on these important international days of recognition. He brought smiles to so many faces, provided a real boost for all our staff and patients, and is a fantastic champion of our hospital.”
Published on 24 May 2023