Super stitchin’ for West Herts patients

Pictured from left to right are: non-executive director and quilter Ginny Edwards, breast & gynae team leader Nathalie Lewis, quilter Carol Wort, clinical nurse specialist Sian Lewis, quilter Linda Cosgrove, clinical nurse specialist Sarah Page, chief nurse Tracey Carter and quilter Jennie Barwise.

A friendly quilt guild based in Wheathampstead, has been busy sewing up a storm to create beautiful little cushions for the breast clinic at St Albans City Hospital.

Over 200 of these little cushions are given out to patients at the breast clinic every year, and are used under the arm for comfort following surgery and placed under a seat belt to protect the surgical area.

The Mead Quilters are a group of sewing enthusiasts who have been meeting and sewing for more than 30 years. The group have been making the little cushions for the breast clinic at St Albans City Hospital for the last six years after two of their members were diagnosed with cancer. In February the quilting group held a ‘cushion-a-thon and made over 300 cushions for the breast clinic. The industrious group also make little bags to hold syringe drivers, primarily for palliative care patients at West Herts, to contain the medication that they can’t take orally.

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse Tracey Carter (pictured above second right), and the breast care nursing team met with members from Mead Quilters to receive the cushions and say thank you for their incredible efforts.

“We are so grateful to the Mead Quilters who make the cushions and syringe driver bags for our patients. These will help patients at our hospitals during a difficult time. We’d like to thank everyone at Mead Quilters for their ongoing support and kindness.”

Tracey Carter, chief nurse, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Thank you so much for your kindness Mead Quilters, you’re ab-sew-lutely amazing! 💙

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