WORKING AT CHRISTMAS: Nurse may be only person some see

Nicky Fitzjohn, Joanne Caine and Tracy Means of Skegness Community Nursing Team.
Nicky Fitzjohn, Joanne Caine and Tracy Means of Skegness Community Nursing Team.
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Tracy Means is clinical team leader for the Skegness Community Nursing Team at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS 
Trust.

She gave her thoughts on working Christmas 
Day.

She said: “Christmas is a special time for many, a time to spend with your family and friends.

“For many of our patients, this is often not the case, and the nurse may be the only other person that they see on Christmas Day.

“Community nurses are caring, compassionate and committed and as such do not feel that the delay in their own family Christmas 
to benefit others less fortunate is difficult to deal 
with.

“As such, staff are more than happy to put their family commitments on hold until those people living on their own or needing our help get their visits.

“I will be working on Christmas Day helping the team with visits and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to wish many patients a ‘very merry Christmas’, and bring some joy to them on what can be a very lonely day for many.”