Tameside Flies High: Hospital Chosen to Represent the NHS on Commonwealth Day
05 March 2015

Tameside Hospital has been chosen to fly the flag at 2pm this Monday (March 9), on behalf of the NHS, to acknowledge the diverse and different cultures represented within its 2,600 staff and volunteers as part of the Commonwealth Day 2015 celebrations.

The hospital will join more than 730 organisations from destinations across the world. Each has been sent a message of goodwill from HM The Queen, who is Head of the Commonwealth, and all will fly the Commonwealth flag as a collective expression of commitment and appreciation of the common values the institution upholds.

Tameside’s Chief Executive Karen James says she is both delighted and honoured the hospital has been chosen, and believes it a great opportunity to recognise the huge contribution colleagues from different ethnic backgrounds and beliefs make every day towards the successful running of patient services and care.

She explains: “ The Commonwealth is a collective of 53 different countries and more than a third of them are represented by our staff and volunteers who, as first or second generation citizens, have chosen to bring their skills and expertise to this hospital. Many work as doctors and nurses, as support workers and others in our translation and interpretation services. Today we recognise and celebrate all the work they do for the people of Tameside.”

A personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth - and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation - will be read out at ceremony, which will take place in the hospital grounds, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag, at 2pm, by staff representatives.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, who is the global event organiser, said: “ I am delighted that Tameside Hospital has been chosen to represent the whole of the NHS for this very special occasion. Commonwealth Flags will be flown at many locations of special significance including Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote of the United Kingdom overseas territories; in Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland; at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula; at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf and at King Edward Point and on Bird Island in South Georgia, part of the Falkland Islands.”

For more information, please contact the Communications & Engagement Department on 0161 922 4905 or email communication@tgh.nhs.uk

Notes to Editors

Tameside Hospital serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside and Glossop. As a busy Foundation Trust Hospital we provide a range of high quality elective, emergency and specialist services for adults and children. Our mission is to work with colleagues, patients, carers and the wider public to ensure that at our Hospital, Everybody Matters.

Safety, Care, Respect, Communication and Learning are the values and behaviours which underpin our actions, and guide us through our improvement journey.