Hospital shows some heart with pandemic memorial

A memorial rose garden has opened at Northwick Park in memory of staff who lost loved ones during the pandemic.

The heart-shaped design surrounded by rose bushes was the idea of hospital worker Nicky Palmer who was struck by how many colleagues were unable to be with their families or attend funerals due to restrictions.

Nicky, who works in the Bowel Cancer Screening Centre, said: “I just wanted them to know that their work family care and wanted to create a place where people can spend some quiet time when they need to.

“I, like so many of my colleagues, volunteered to work in intensive care during the first wave. Things were so busy we didn’t have time to sit down with colleagues who’d suffered a family bereavement which is sad because the NHS is a second family for many of us.

Friends and work colleagues donated money towards nine rose bushes while the hospital’s estates team oversaw the creation of a large NHS heart shaped memorial situated in the hospital garden.

The roses’ names are Mum in a Million, My Lovely Dad and Golden Memories, Lovely Lady, Edwards Rose, Blessings, Remembrance, Sentimental and For you with Love.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWH) provides hospital and community services to the people of Harrow, Bren and Ealing.

Established on 1 October 2014, our team of 9,000 clinical and support staff serve a diverse population of approximately one million people.

As well as delivering community services across the three London boroughs, we provide acute hospital services at:

  • Northwick Park Hospital
  • St Mark’s Hospital
  • Ealing Hospital
  • Central Middlesex Hospital

Their stroke service is rated the best in the country and St Mark’s Hospital is an internationally renowned specialist centre for colorectal disease, based at Northwick Park Hospital.

They are a research active Trust with more than 5,000 patients taking part in clinical trials last year and we play a vital role in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

In December 2017, they were officially named a ‘university teaching hospital’ in recognition of the important role we play in training clinicians of the future and bringing the benefits of research to the public.

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