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Florence Nightingale and the DRI to be remembered at annual service

Published 11/05/2015

The spirit of the iconic Derbyshire Royal Infirmary is to be captured at a celebration of nursing held in Derby this week.

A special service will be held at St Peter’s Church in Derby to mark International Nurses Week and commemorate Florence Nightingale’s place in the history of healthcare.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals from across Derbyshire will attend the event, which will take place on Saturday, May 16.

At around 10.30am, a congregation filled with nurses will gather outside St Peter’s Church, before proceeding into the church for a service which will start at 11am.

The service will recognise the impact that Florence Nightingale had on modern nursing and the connections she had with Derbyshire, being raised in Lea Hurst, Holloway and advising on the design of the former DRI.

This year’s service will reflect on the hospital’s legacy, with an address given by Sir Stephen Moss, former Director of Nursing at the DRI, and with the event taking place within St Peter’s Church, which now houses a stained glass window depicting Florence Nightingale and which was formerly installed in the chapel adjoining the DRI.

The event is being organised by the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, together with St Peter’s Church.

John Rivers, Chairman of Derby Teaching Hospitals said: “In Derby we have such strong connections with Florence Nightingale and her approach and dedication to nursing shaped healthcare as it is today, so it is only right that we recognise this.

“This year’s service will also be a chance to remember and preserve the era of the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the spirit of which is embodied in the fine stained glass window in St Peter’s Church.”

Last Modified 11/05/2015