Prince William holds touching phone call as he hails NHS as ‘most admired organisation’
The Duke of Cambridge made the glowing tribute in telephone conversation with a consultant working in a Belfast hospital. The Queen’s grandson also described the NHS as “probably the most admired organisation around”.
One picture shows the Duke appearing deep in thought and visibly concerned as he listened to stories from those on the frontline.
William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have embarked on a number of projects throughout the pandemic, including zoom calls with doctors and nurses.
The Duke has spoken to more than 300 NHS staff and volunteers since the start of 2021, Kensington Palace said.
One of the most touching calls took place on March 17 with Dr Thelma Craig, a respiratory consultant at the Mater Hospital.
William said: “I just want to say on behalf of everyone what a fantastic job you’ve done.
“You’ve all held it together and been absolutely wonderful people. It’s been a real team effort but we’re all very proud of you.
“The NHS has gone from already being much loved to probably the most admired organisation around.
“Thank you so much for all your hard work.”
William and Kate have taken part in several activities to help raise spirits and show appreciation for the NHS.
In December, the royal couple took part in a whirlwind tour across Scotland, Wales and England to meet with, among others, NHS staff.
During the trip to the home nations, William and Kate became joint patrons of NHS Charities Together, an association championing and supporting the work of the official NHS charities.
During the call, William was “unbelievably genuine and sincere” and felt “quite emotional”, the nurse said.
Ms Manson said: “I’m just a little nurse who works in Scotland but for the Duke to actually want to take time to talk to me it felt I was so privileged. I felt like my job and the role of the NHS was really being acknowledged.
“He was unbelievably genuine and sincere.”
She added: “He said as a father it made him feel quite emotional, the conversation we were having.
“He talked to me about when he was working as a helicopter pilot and how when he went to a child who had had a trauma or an accident that that used to be called really sad. He spoke about that a lot and he was just so sincere.”
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