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NHS staff help patients pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

Hundreds of thousands of NHS staff working on the bank holiday will help patients celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at hospitals across England.

Emergency and emergency services will continue to be available on the Bank Holiday, including urgent dental and GP appointments, to allow the public to access NHS services as they do every day public holiday, including via 111 online services and 999 in case of emergency.

Patients using NHS services or hospitalized on Monday will be helped to attend Her Majesty’s funeral, with staff encouraged to mark the occasion where possible.

Additional TV screens will be installed in wards, atriums and other public spaces at hospitals across the country, from the Royal Cornwall Hospital to Tameside and Glossop to show the funeral, while hospital radio stations will broadcast the service.

NHS staff at Mid Cheshire Hospital are traveling from ward to ward with iPads so patients who wish to sign the condolence book online can do so.

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While condolence books have also been set up at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Memorial services are held at Guy’s and St Thomas’, while services are also held at St George’s Hospital Chapel.

NHS staff in hospitals across England will also, where possible, observe the National Moment of Reflection on Sunday for a minute’s silence to reflect on the life and legacy of Her Majesty.

England’s top nurse has thanked NHS staff across the country for working as they do every public holiday to care for patients, while ensuring that patients and staff can, where possible, mark the passing of Her Majesty.

Patients will continue to have access to urgent and emergency treatment and existing appointments for everything from elective surgery to routine follow-up appointments will continue where possible.

Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: ‘As the country rightly pauses to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers, including nurses , clinicians, porters and other staff working in hospitals and our communities in England will ensure patients can also pay their respects, many of whom were deeply honored when Her Majesty awarded the health service the George Cross earlier This year.

“From staff going the extra mile to help patients sign the online condolence book, to hospital chaplains providing memorial services, NHS staff will do everything in their power to ensure that every patient has the opportunity to pay tribute to him.

“While urgent and emergency services will continue to be available on the Bank Holiday, including urgent dentist and GP appointments, the public should access NHS services in the usual way, including via 111 online or 999 in case of emergency.

At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, the Trusts Amphitheater will stage the funeral to give as many staff as possible the opportunity to pay their respects.

The NHS Covid vaccination program will continue on the bank holiday with tens of thousands of people booked to receive their life-saving shot.

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