Tributes to Merseyside’s heroes on International Nurses Day

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The coronavirus pandemic has proved an especially challenging time for frontline NHS and care staff who make sacrifices everyday to care for those who need it.

Every Thursday at 8pm people across the nation have been showing their appreciation for NHS workers and care workers by clapping from their doorsteps or applauding outside hospitals.

At least three nurses and healthcare assistants from the City Region are known to have died with coronavirus since the beginning of April.

NHS nurses clap for carers outside Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, as a tribute to all nursing and social care staff that help to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, May 12, marks International Nurses day where people across the world pay tribute to the incredible work that our nurses do every day.

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The ECHO is celebrating the nurses who have made a difference to generations of people in Merseyside.

We asked you to send us messages of thanks to any nurses in our region who have helped your and your family over the years or who are particularly inspirational.

Here are some of your responses.

One reader highlighted the work of nurses and other medical staff at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital who helped save her father after he contracted Covid-19.

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Love the NHS tribute outside The Walton Centre, Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

Anna Hibbert said: "Our family just want to say a massive thank you to the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, specifically the staff who work on the intensive care unit who have been looking after and caring for my dad over the last 5 weeks, where he was on a ventilator for 4 weeks with Covid 19.

"They have been amazing and yesterday my dad was able to come home after fighting so hard, we can't thank you enough for saving our dad."

Honour our NHS heroes – from the surgeons to the porters, the nurses to the catering staff, the physios to the midwives, and the paramedics to the GPs – by helping to create a map of gratitude from every corner of Britain.

We need our health workers now more than ever as they work superhuman hours and go above and beyond to protect us.

Click HERE to drop a heart or a message on the map, and show you appreciate the efforts undertaken daily in the NHS.

You can now also make a donation to NHS Heroes Help From Home, starting from £2.. As a thank you, everyone who donates will be entered into the weekly NHS Heroes Raffle.

Click HERE to donate or to find out more – or click the link from within the Thanks a Million map.

Thanks a million, NHS workers – we love you.

Another reader paid tribute to nurses on wards 7B of the Royal Hospital after her father suffered a fall during the coronavirus lockdown.

Tracey Watkinson said: "We need to say a big thanks to ward 7B in the Liverpool Royal, they looked after our dad so well, he had a bad fall on his face and we couldn't get in the hospital to see him.

"They gave him all the car he needed at this stressful time."

Clap for our Carers at Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

Another comment highlighted the work of Jenny Shelbourne, a diabetes nurse at Aintree Hospital, who is currently working as a critical care nurse during the current epidemic.

Jackie Shelbourne Harrison said: "My niece Jenny Shelbourne works as a diabetes nurse at Aintree. As she trained as a critical care nurse she was put back on the front line at Aintree working 12 hour shifts.

"As a family we are all so proud of her and love her very much."

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Amanda Miller said: "The Sterile Services team at Broadgreen Hospital."

Maureen Mount said: "Thank you all of the medical teams cares key workers."

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