Today (21 March 2023) marks exactly three years since Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust (DBTH) admitted its very first patient with coronavirus.
As of 17 March, the Trust has cared for a total of 8,695 covid positive patients – 7,125 of whom were discharged safely back to their homes, and 1,421 who sadly lost their lives.
After the first covid admission, the Trust lost its first patient to the virus only a short time later, on 23 March 2020.
Richard Parker, OBE, Trust Chief Executive, and former Registered Nurse, shared his thoughts on this anniversary. He said:
“As we mark the three-year anniversary since coronavirus first entered our hospitals, it is incredibly important to remember those that we lost. They will always be in our thoughts, as will their families.
“Tragically, 1,421 patients did not return home and succumbed to coronavirus. The impact of their loss cannot be underestimated, and the ripple effect has altered our local community forever.
“I am constantly astounded by the commitment, bravery, and dedication of our many colleagues across their various specialities.
“Despite the hardships and challenges not only of the pandemic, but also since the easing of restrictions and external events which have shaped our daily lives, colleagues trust-wide have continued to amaze me with their grit and determination.
“This anniversary is also an opportunity to show our gratitude to our fantastic colleagues in the NHS who have pushed themselves to deliver outstanding care, going above and beyond their duties. Thank you.”
In remembrance of those we lost, as well as in recognition of the many key workers who worked tirelessly during the height of the pandemic, the ‘Hearts for Doncaster’ memorial was erected.
Standing at almost 9 feet tall, and 18 feet wide, the Hearts for Doncaster memorial consists of a blue rainbow-shaped structure and will be adorned head to toe with hundreds of different coloured engraved hearts, each with a personal message written by our supporters.
We know that many of you will take this time to reflect on the past three years, remembering the loved ones you’ve lost, or appreciating the people in your life who were there for you during this time.
If you would like to buy a heart in tribute to a loved one, past or present, hearts are £20 each and can be purchased through the charity website: https://dbthcharity.co.uk/hearts-for-doncaster/
Please note hearts are affixed on a rolling basis so please allow time after purchase for us to engrave and place your heart.
All the funds raised go directly to us – Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Charity – which is directly reinvested back into patient care, staff wellbeing programmes, medical equipment, service improvements and more.