We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are today visiting NHS staff at Clitheroe Community Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, to hear about their incredible contributions caring for patients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
In their role as Royal Patrons for independent charity, NHS Charities Together, they will also hear how support from the hospital charity ELHT&Me, using a grant from NHS Charities Together, helped to support exhausted colleagues at the Trust, including funding a new therapy puppy, Alfie, who will be introduced during their visit.
Professor Eileen Fairhurst, Chairman of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Clitheroe Community Hospital. The visit will provide a huge boost to the entire team at a time when colleagues are feeling exhausted from our ongoing and relentless response to Covid and indeed the very difficult challenges linked to the Omicron variant.
“As Chairman, I want to add my thanks to NHS Charities Together and our own hospital charity team at ELHT&ME, who have worked tirelessly throughout the past two years with patients, their families, the wider community and indeed many, many local businesses to ensure our staff have been supported. We have suffered greatly and lost many people, including colleagues, but through grant funding and also donations of goods and money locally we have been able to look after colleagues and support health and wellbeing in a range of ways. It gives me tremendous pride to know that this has made such a huge a difference to people and will continue to do so for many years to come.”
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