Patient exclaims ‘I could get used to this’ after bedside gig

A patient at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has extended her thanks for making her 60th wedding anniversary one to remember.

Sheila Cuthbert, 81, of Billingham was due to celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary this week. To celebrate in style, her son bought her and her husband tickets to see George Ezra at Newcastle Arena.

Sadly, she was taken ill on Monday and after coming round, was devastated to learn that she wouldn’t be able to make the North East concert she had set her hopes on.

After seeing her disappointment, the staff on Ward 41 jumped into action. They weren’t going to let Sheila miss out on the chance to sing along to the popstar’s hit tracks! Kristel Brown rushed to the rescue, fetching her own George Ezra CD to play for Sheila and her family.

But there was another surprise around the corner, as it was revealed the ward had their own musician – Trainee Nursing Associate, Adam Morgan. Adam fetched his guitar and put on a show stopping performance for Sheila, her husband and her son, not to mention all of the other patients on the ward! Playing George’s top tracks, Adam was able to serenade Sheila from her bedside, bringing a tear to the eyes of all of those watching.

The staff on Ward 41 aim to deliver the highest level of care to their patients, and this is another fantastic example of going above and beyond to really make a difference for those in need.

Kristel Brown, Ward Sister, said: “It was heartbreaking to see Sheila’s face when she realised she couldn’t make it to see her musical hero – but I think she found a whole new hero in Adam! There was a smile across every single face on the ward, and everyone was toe tapping along to the music. No-one wants to spend their wedding anniversary in hospital, but I think we’ve all made it a special one for Sheila and her family.”

Sheila Cuthbert said: “I didn’t expect to be here for my 60th wedding anniversary, but sometimes life takes you by surprise. I’m a huge fan of George’s so I was really sad when I realised I wouldn’t make it to his concert. Then along came Adam, with the voice of an angel, and my whole family got to enjoy the performance with me. It’s certainly an anniversary that I will never forget, thanks to Adam, Kristel and all the staff on Ward 41!”

 

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