Meet Rosie Lloyd, Senior Sister on Helena Ward at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
“I’ve been the Senior Sister on Helena Ward since September 2011. When I was 16, I worked in a Nursing Home at the weekends whilst studying for my A-Levels. I knew then that I wanted to be an acute care nurse.
“Helena Ward was the first ward to become a Covid ward in March. Our Neurology patients moved to another ward and as a team we were split across both areas. The logistics of staffing two patient groups in two different areas has been immensely challenging and I would not have been able to do it without my team going above and beyond every step of the way.
“There have been some really challenging times. The most difficult has been supporting patients at the end of their life when their families have not been able to be with them. The chaplaincy team provided us with prayers and poems to read to patients and we have a ward iPhone for video calls. Families have found great comfort knowing that their loved ones have not been alone.
“We have always been a very close knit team and we have all supported each other through the pandemic. A couple of my team started a weekly bake off competition which was a lovely way to help keep morale up – cake makes everything better!
“Being a single parent, at the start of the pandemic, it was quite a juggling act. My children have learnt to become more self-sufficient as I was often working long hours. They would have dinner ready for me when I got home, which was amazing and made me so proud.
“Anyone who knows me well will know that I love Christmas! The patients always have a stocking on Helena. Usually, on Christmas day I come into work wearing my Santa dress and hand out the presents to the patients on the ward with my children. This has been our tradition for many years. I thought it was really important for my children to spend some time in their day doing something nice for others. We’re all sad that we won’t be able to do that this year.
“When I was a little girl, every year, I asked Santa for a train set. My Dad was a train driver and I wanted to be like him! but clearly I was on the naughty list as I never got one!!
“Christmas for me is a magical time of year for spending it with those you love. ”