NURSES in the borough's hospital trust have been recognised this week.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has acknowledged Nurses Day, which is today, Saturday, with a series of activities in the last three three across its sites including Leigh Infirmary.

Information stands looking at the past, present and future of nursing, a Nurse of the Year competition and NHS-based quizzes were among the activities that took place.

A tree was also planted at the front of the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan to mark the tireless work and dedication of nurses and midwives.

A plaque on it reads: “At Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust we respect our roots and help each other grow.”

Director of nursing at WWL, Pauline Law, said: “Our nursing staff make up a significant proportion of our workforce and they really are invaluable to the trust.

“The care, consideration, and respect that they give to our patients is second-to-none

"I am so grateful for all their hard work and commitment.”

A coffee and cake afternoon with sweets from the last 70 years, since the the NHS was founded, was also held by Ms Law.

The desserts included Black Forest Gateaux, Pineapple Upside Down cake, Coffee and Walnut cake, Red Velvet Cake, Simnel cake and Victoria Sponge. 

The cakes were prepared by Wigan and Leigh College catering students.