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Royal Surrey matron describes clap for carers as "amazing"

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Royal Surrey matron describes clap for carers as "amazing"

Published by Lettie Buxton at 11:30am 15th May 2020. (Updated at 12:18pm 15th May 2020)

A matron at the Royal Surrey Hospital has said the Clap for our Carers has been "amazing", as Surrey and Hampshire joined in for the eighth week last night (14 May). 

It is part of a national tribute every Thursday at 8pm, with people clapping and banging on pots and pans from their front doors, windows and gardens.

This week, the Royal Surrey featured live on BBC News during the clap.

Speaking to Eagle Radio ahead of International Nurses Day on Tuesday (12 May), Sue Herson, matron for critical care at the Guildford hospital, said the weekly tribute has been very special:

"It's been lovely having the support of the fire and police and ambulances just coming and showing their appreciation, because it is all a team, we are all working together.

"I think when you at the windows, especially my staff in PPE, it really brings home the gravity of the situation that we've been dealing with.

"It's amazing because I've had the radio out there, so they've been able to hear the clapping.

"So they've seen it, but they've been able to hear it.

"I think there was one lovely moment where one of my staff who was in a room looking after a patient with COVID-19 and she was in her full PPE and she'd just written 'thank you' on the whiteboard with a heart and just put it up at the window.

"I think that really sums up just how much we really did appreciate seeing people there and clapping for us."

Here are some of the ways people across our area took part: