Salford, Oldham, Rochdale and North Manchester hospitals raise and display the rainbow flag on behalf of NCA to celebrate LGBT History Month

The flagpoles at Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham and Rochdale Infirmary and a bespoke staff designed notice board at North Manchester General Hospital are proudly displaying rainbow flags to help raise awareness of LBGT History Month this February, and to show the Northern Care Alliance’s (NCA) support for this important event.

The theme for LGBT History Month 2019 is ‘peace, activism and reconciliation.’ All of the NCA’s hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester, are showing their support.

The first hospital to raise the rainbow flag in support of LGBT History Month is The Royal Oldham on 4 February, North Manchester (display board) on 5 February, closely followed by Salford Royal on 6 February, and Rochdale Infirmary on 7 February. Each flag raising ceremony will be attended by staff including hospital senior management teams.

With North Manchester General not having a flagpole a bespoke staff designed notice board has been created incorporating a large rainbow flag display that will include resources for patients, visitors and staff, to find out more about LGBT History. Similarly Fairfield General Hospital in Bury is celebrating with a poster display and stalls providing LGBT information and resources for staff and patients.

The NCA has an amazing programme of activities organised throughout the month to support LGBT History Month, including coffee mornings, pop-up exhibitions, poster displays and marketing stalls, cake sales, a LGBT film show and music. These events are all open to staff, patients, visitors and the public in February.

Naheed Nazir, Head of Equality and Engagement at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said:

“Flying the rainbow flag is symbolic of our staff, patients and visitors all coming together to support LGBT History Month. Flying the flag shows The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s commitment to celebrating and supporting the diverse communities we have within our workforce and patient care. Seeing the flags flying is a great symbol of support and togetherness for everyone, especially the LGBT communities across our group of hospitals and community services.”

Doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, porters, back office and other staff groups will be given rainbow NHS fobs and lanyards (limited amount) which they will wear with pride to signal their support for the LGBT community.

Staff, patients, visitors and the public are all being encouraged to get involved in our activities and share images and posts on social media by tweeting #NCApride19.

To find out more about the events we have planned at each of our hospitals download the LGBT History Month activities sheet PDF on our website in the Equality and Diversity section here: https://www.pat.nhs.uk/working-for-us/Equality/Activities%20Programme.pdf

Alternatively email: shain.miah@pat.nhs.uk.

Go to the LGBT History Month website for more information about the national campaign here:https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

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