Students are a tonic on wards

Helping Out: Buxton College  Beauty Therapy student Jade Storer paints the nails of Gertie Conway at Buxton Hospital's Dignity Awareness Day.
Helping Out: Buxton College Beauty Therapy student Jade Storer paints the nails of Gertie Conway at Buxton Hospital's Dignity Awareness Day.

BUXTON College students brought an extra special tonic to elderly patients at Buxton Hospital last week – an afternoon of pampering.

The students spent last Wednesday afternoon on the Johnson Ward at Buxton Hospital, giving manicures and hand and arm massages to patients. The ward, which specialises in rehabilitation care for older patients, also held a tea party with old-fashioned delicacies like coconut macaroons.

Makeover: Buxton College  Beauty Therapy student Kelly Croker tends to the nails of Ruth Bradley at Buxton Hospital's Dignity Awareness Day.

Makeover: Buxton College Beauty Therapy student Kelly Croker tends to the nails of Ruth Bradley at Buxton Hospital's Dignity Awareness Day.

The event took place to coincide with Dignity Action Day, on February 1, to highlight the importance of dignity in caring for elderly people as part of the government-backed national initiative Dignity Action Campaign.

Helen Sadio, Junior Sister on Johnson Ward, said: “The ladies on the ward really enjoyed being pampered and we are so grateful to the students for coming in to help us with this. Everyone had fun as well as helping to highlight an important message about treating people with dignity.”

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust marked the day at community hospitals throughout the county with a variety of events.