Whatever the challenges we face, in true YDH-style the team pulls together and this year has featured some fantastic highlights for us here at Yeovil Hospital. Here are just a few that we wanted to share with you:

January
Trainee Nursing Associate Hannah Legg created a swimming group for stoma patients allowing them to carrying on with life just as before. Read more here.

February
Our maternity services were ranked 5th in a national survey which showed that 100% of women felt that they were treated with respect and dignity.

March
Craft Therapy in Cancer worked to support patients socially and mentally following a course of cancer treatment with the use of creativity and has been, and continues to be, a huge hit with our patients.

April
Our clinicians started running virtual clinics to enable patient care. More than 3,000 outpatient telephone consultations took place in the first five weeks of lock-down. Read more here.

May
May saw us celebrating the amazing work that both our nurses and midwives do, especially in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, celebrating Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.

June
We joined in with our colleagues across the West Country to celebrate NHS Pride in an NHS Virtual Pride video See the video here.  

July
July was the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS and in honour of all those doing exceptional work in such a challenging time, we planted two ‘legacy’ trees, donated by Palmers Garden Centre. Watch the video here.

August
Our maternity unit celebrated World Breast Feeding Week, celebrating success in supporting women in feeding their babies.

September
September saw the new CT scanner land at the hospital and the opening of our new Wellbeing Hub.

October
We celebrated Black History Month by launching a series of blogs and interviews with staff entitled “Understanding Each Other”.

November
Our breast cancer team created a new Facebook group to offer virtual support for our patients and our lockdown heroes found extraordinary ways to raise funds for our Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.

December
We can’t not mention the vaccine – this was the month we began to roll out vaccines against COVID-19 and the new Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit opened in time for Christmas.

One of the best highlights from 2020 is the amount of community support our Trust has received. Thank you from us all here @YeovilHospital

We hope you all take a moment to remember the good things of the year; from the friendships that were made/strengthened to surviving homeschooling (or maybe you loved that experience), maybe you got a new pet, found new walks or met your neighbours while out clapping on the doorstep. Please share your highlight with us in the comments below.

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