26th Oct, 2021

University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and its NHS staff to be recognised for its 'incredible' Covid-19 work

Tristan Harris 20th Jan, 2021 Updated: 20th Jan, 2021

UNIVERSITY Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire is to be recognised for the ‘incredible work’ NHS staff have done there and across the city.

The organisation is set to be granted Freedom of Entry to the City of Coventry after it was proposed on Tuesday by council leader Coun George Duggins.

The proposal will need to be agreed by full council at a future meeting and then hospital representatives will be invited to a presentation and there will possibly be a parade in the city when restrictions allow.

Coun Duggins said: “We have always known we have a tremendous hospital, with wonderful, dedicated staff, but that has been made even more evident in recent months.

“Our NHS workers have done an incredible job to combat Covid-19.

“They have been on the frontline since the very beginning, risking their own health and safety to protect others and save lives.

“We have shown our thanks through doorstep claps and messages of support, but I believe we need to award a formal honour – one which will last forever and show our city’s gratitude.

“We can never thank the hospital and its staff enough for what has been done in these past few months, and for the work that lies ahead, but I hope this goes some way to showing how much we appreciate their hard work and sacrifice.

“The Freedom of Entry to our great city is only given very rarely, but I cannot think of a more suitable recipient than UHCW and its staff.

“I look forward to the day when we can present the award and stand together as a city to cheer the workers parading through our streets. It will be a fantastic day for Coventry – and one the hospital will have helped to make possible.”

The honour was granted to HMS Diamond, Coventry’s adopted ship, in 2014, when the crew marched through the city to the cathedral, greeted by flag-waving residents.

A formal report will be taken through Coventry City Council in the near future detailing the proposal.

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