A Royal Army Services Corp veteran celebrated his 100th birthday at Wrexham Maelor Hospital along with his family, fellow veterans and BCUHB staff.
When hospital staff learned that their patient Stephen Harvey, a former Royal Army Services Corp and former Merchant Navy Seaman, was turning 100, they decided to throw a celebration in his honour.
The Board of Health’s North Wales Veterans Health Care Collaboration (NWVHC) arranged for their fellow Veterans, the Royal British Legion and current reserve Sergeant John Currie in service RLC of 398 (Welsh) Transport Squadron. Queensferry, to attend the hospital and help celebrate Stephen’s birthday.
Stephen thanked everyone for coming out and helping him celebrate his centenary.
Army Veteran Zoe Roberts, Dedicated Board of Health Leader for the NWVHC, said, “It was an honor to help celebrate this great man’s 100th birthday.
“It was wonderful to see his family and fellow veterans come together to mark Stephen’s special day, and I would like to thank our colleagues from the Royal British Legion, George Rogerson, North Wales District Chairman, Adrian Leslie, Campaigns Manager and public affairs, and Sgt. John. Currie, for coming to the hospital on such a lovely occasion, I’m sure it meant a lot to Stephen and his family.”
The Health Board successfully launched the NWVHC earlier this year, to ensure that the Armed Forces Community (AFC) across North Wales are not disadvantaged in the care they receive and, where possible, receive personalized care and better patient outcomes.
As such, Zoe designed and recently implemented the Poppy Program, which seeks to identify AFC patients, including active duty personnel, reserve personnel, veterans and their families.
The program is to support patients like Stephen, so all admitted patients will be asked if they have served in the HM Armed Forces and their Armed Forces status will be recorded.
Zoe added: “I am proud to have marked this day as a momentous month for the Veteran Healthcare collaboration.
“For those patients who are admitted to the hospital, a palm-sized poppy magnet will be placed next to their bed, allowing nursing teams to discuss appropriate referral to outside veteran support services and organizations. veterans’ charities, before they are discharged.”
The celebration comes just one week after Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Gwynedd gained Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) accreditation and are now classified as Veteran Aware hospitals.
This means that all three acute care hospitals have proven to be best practice examples of care and support for the Armed Forces community and are raising awareness of veterans by identifying veterans who are referred for treatment and striving to improve veteran recruitment and retention. in the entire workforce.