Students have taken to social media to thank staff at Addenbrookes HospitalJakayla Toney/UNSPLASH

The Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS tweeted in celebration of the week between International Day of the Midwife (05/05) and International Nurses Day (12/05).

On Instagram, CUH marked the day with a series of posts containing quotes from their nurses. One nurse working in an acute oncology unity recalled “I am extremely proud of the way my whole team rallied together at the beginning of the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, one Kindbridge poster thanked “all the Addenbrookes A&E and ward N2 staff”. “You are all amazing and I feel so much better” they continued, “thank you for treating me and being so lovely and kind!!!”

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, and has been celebrated since 1965. The significance of the event has been heightened due to the pandemic and the efforts of the NHS over the past year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also marked the date with a social media post, saying that nurses’ “response to the pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary.”