Rainbow Day marks anniversary for vital hub
By Rob Freeman | 14th May 2020
Staff at Gloucestershire's two main hospitals have introduced a bit of colour into their day to mark an anniversary.
Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals have donned rainbow colours to mark the mark the first birthday of the Staff Advice and Support Hub's first birthday.
And the main restaurants on site have been serving an array of rainbow-themed foods.
Since it was launched on May 14, 2019, the 2020 Hub has helped staff with a variety of issues - receiving 2,293 enquiries between March 4 and April 26 as the coronavirus pandemic grew.
Rainbow Day was the idea of Shelly Alder, catering services manager at Gloucestershire Managed Services.
She said: "In the past few months the rainbow has been an icon of hope and solidarity, and since COVID-19 staff from across GMS and the trust have been working longer hours in difficult circumstances.
"I felt a rainbow-themed day would help to recognise our staff and their hard work and to boost morale.
"I'm really pleased with the enthusiasm which staff have shown towards the Rainbow Day idea and it's a great way to recognise our fantastic Staff Advice and Support Hub too."
Services offered by the hub include access to exercise and fitness classes, healthy eating, weight management, occupational health and physiotherapy referrals, a telephone counselling service and support for financial management, plus information about NHS discounts and salary sacrifice programmes.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust deputy chief executive Emma Wood said: "The health and wellbeing of our staff is a top priority and we're delighted to be celebrating the 2020 Hub's first birthday in this way.
"Without the dedication of our colleagues we would be unable to provide the care we do to our patients.
"The team who dedicate themselves to resolving our colleagues wellbeing concerns have helped more than 2,700 people in the past two months."
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