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Prime Minister Chats with Leeds Nurses Awarded ‘Hero Medal’ by Patient

Video call with the PM

News of a Leeds patient presenting his much valued community nurses with a ‘hero medal’ reached all the way to number 10 – and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, set up an online call to find out more from Mr William Wheatley and his community nursing team.

87 year old Mr Wheatley had the medals specially made for ‘his lasses’ in recognition of the outstanding care he receives and the care given to his late wife (you can read more here).  During the call he told the PM that he’d known the team for the past six years and how much he valued their dedication. He wanted to show his gratitude to them as a morale boost during the coronavirus pandemic and decided to pay for special medals for them.

Mr Johnson also spoke to some of the nursing team about how they had been coping during the pandemic and heard about how they were delivering care for patients in their own homes and the extra precautions they were taking to keep their patient and themselves safe.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister was delighted to hear the story behind Mr Wheatley’s medals, and wanted to thank him for such a marvellous gesture. He also spent time talking with NHS nurses to hear first-hand about their experiences of delivering vital healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Leeds Community Healthcare’s Director of Nursing and Allied Professionals, Steph Lawrence, said:  “Being asked to set up a call with Mr Wheatley and his nursing team came as a huge surprise and we were grateful to the Prime Minister for showing an interest in the story and taking time to listen to the experiences of a team of dedicated nurses whose work is often overshadowed by the focus on hospital staff. It was a huge boost for us. ”   

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