Royal Derby Hospital nurse has expressed her pride in her UHDB family after they joined her in sharing their personal stories of working through the first wave of Covid-19 for a book about the pandemic.

‘The Last Hug’ is a powerful collection of 30 UHDB colleagues’ differing experiences of the first few months of Covid-19 – with some staff having to be redeployed to new areas, some having to shield at home and all of them having to handle huge changes.

Author Maggie Kirby is among those to share her thoughts and feelings in the book, with the staff nurse making the decision to start collecting the stories of some of her colleagues in RDH’s Theatre Recovery team after seeing first-hand how the pandemic had affected them.

All of the proceeds from ‘The Last Hug’ will be split between Maggie’s chosen charities Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.

Physical copies of the book can be purchased for £10 from the Charity Hub at the main entrance of Royal Derby Hospital. Digital copies can be brought at this page.