Nurses honoured at Abbey service

05 June 2017

A memorial service at Westminster Abbey attended by nurses from around the country marked this year’s International Nurses’ Day on 17 May.  

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Chelsea Pensioners led the opening procession, marking the care that Florence Nightingale provided for troops during the Crimean war. Nurses from the nearby St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth, where Nightingale worked, also took part in the service. 

The Nurses’ Roll of Honour was presented, followed by the bearing of The Lamp, which was escorted by nurses and midwives from Edinburgh Napier University.

The day is organised to take place near Nightingale’s birthday and celebrates her work in establishing the role of the nurse in medicine and healthcare.