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Dr Richard Davies - health column

Health staff across Redditch and Bromsgrove work extremely hard to ensure that local residents receive the best quality health services when they’re injured or unwell.

Each year the invaluable role that nurses play in keeping people, locally, across the UK, and around the world, as healthy and independent as possible is recognised on International Nurses Day.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) organise the celebration, which is held annually today (12 May), a date selected to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a symbol of pioneering nursing.

This year the theme is nursing heroes and the RCN would like you to get in touch with them to let them know about nursing that have impacted on or inspired you. This could be a nurse that has provided great care for you, a friend or a family member or someone that has encouraged you to enter the nursing profession. You can tell your story at www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day.

It's important that we recognise the expertise, dedication, and compassion of our nurses and the huge amount of work that they do on a daily basis to help people look after their health and wellbeing.

We have some absolutely extraordinary nurses across Redditch and Bromsgrove. There are so many fantastic examples of staff going the extra mile to deliver the very best care for local patients. This annual event gives us a chance to celebrate their efforts and the difference they make to the lives of people in our area.

To find out more about the RCN and International Nurses day, including a variety of examples of nursing heroes from across the country, visit www.rcn.org.uk.

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