King's Lynn's hospital thanks to 'amazing and unwavering' community
Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has thanked the community of West Norfolk and beyond for its "most amazing and unwavering support".
A letter to "our patients and the local community we serve" from Steve Barnett, chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, and Caroline Shaw, trust CEO, admits that 2020 "has been a difficult and unprecedented year for everyone and not least the NHS".
But it goes on to say: "However the QEH has had something that many other trusts did not – the most amazing and unwavering support of you, our patients and local community.
"This year you have gone above and beyond to support us during a period of national crisis not seen since World War II. In your droves you wrote to us, sent in donations and offered your time – thank you.
"Your support without a doubt got our staff through some of their darkest hours, whether ou sent in some free food, wrote kind words or capped for the NHS each Thursday evening – all these things and more provided the moral support that enabed us to keep going. Thank you."
The letter says that despite the challenges there had been many positives during the year and picks out the hospital's partnership with the Lynn News as its Charity of the Year.
The QEH remains in special measures but a recent Care Quality Commission inspection report said that it has made improvements across the board.