Bath nurses to display their vital work to the nation in new ITV1 series
Nurses from Bath are to feature in a new ITV1 series showcasing the work they do.
Nursing the Nation is a documentary series following the lives and work of district nurses visiting homes across Britain.
The first episode, which will be shown at 8.30pm on January 3, features Bath nurses Shonna Spreadbury and Karen Hunt, who both work for health provider Sirona, visiting and treating patients across the city.
Shonna, who is based at the Beehive, St Michael's and Number 18 surgeries in Bath, works with housebound patients delivering palliative and wound care, and has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Nurse badge for her work.
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Among the patients shown being cared for by Shonna include a deaf and blind war veteran who is always buying her presents.
She said: "I feel honoured to look after him. He fought in wars for our country, so I can live the life I have. It amazes me how strong patients can be. I hope I'm like that."
Karen uses her 30 years of experience to help people recover from strokes.
She said: "One day people are living the high life and the next day they literally can't move.
"You never know what's round the corner – and I see lives completely shattered."
Karen is shown trying to help an 82-year-old grandmother learn to walk again, after a stroke left her paralysed down her left side.
There are more than 10,000 district nurses across the country, visiting more than two million people every year.
Sirona Care and Health chief executive Janet Rowse said: "The community staff who care for and support people in their own homes provide a vital but largely invisible service. They work with people at what can be the most difficult times in their lives making sure they feel safe and cared for.
"I am immensely proud of the work of the Sirona community teams and delighted that this programme will give an insight into the amazing work they do".