District nurses give vulnerable Tameside patients a nice surprise

Some elderly and vulnerable people in Tameside were given a nice surprise to cheer them up, thanks to district nurses from Tameside Hospital. 

The nurses in Denton, Audenshaw and Droylsden surprised their patients with an afternoon tea recently. 

Many of them live alone and, due to Covid-19 restrictions, have become quite isolated.

One such patient is Doreen Roberts, who is visited by the district nurse service on alternate days.

Due to the current pandemic, both Doreen and her husband Bruce (pictured) have been isolating - which has prevented them from seeing their family and friends.

Bruce used to be Doreen's main carer however, due to his own ill health, they both now rely on more health and social care support from the neighbourhood locality.

The afternoon teas were kindly donated by Peggies Kitchen on Greenside Lane in Droylsden.

Emma Frain, Matron for District Nursing Service at Tameside and Glossop ICO FT, said: "I am extremely proud of the care the District Nursing Service have provided during such a difficult time whilst undertaking such a thoughtful act, dropping off afternoon teas for our most vulnerable in the community." 

Jeanette Leach, Integrated Neighbourhood Manager at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT, said: "It was so lovely to be able to give our patients a boost. In total the District Nurses delivered 20 afternoon teas to patients during their visits.

“I know that both Doreen and Bruce were thrilled on receiving their afternoon tea both were very emotional, as were a lot of our patients. It is lovely to see them smiling after what has been such a tough time for us all but especially those who are isolated.”

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