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Hospital staff pin butterfly badges to a mural each time a coronavirus patient is discharged

Royal Free is celebrating figures showing more than 500 Covid-19 patients have been successfully discharged

22 April, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Royal Free ward manager Chito Gabutin and junior sister Sandra Leal

STAFF at the Royal Free celebrate each time a coronavirus patient is discharged by pinning a butterfly badge to a tree mural on the wall of the department.

Managers of the NHS Trust say it is important to mark each victory against Covid-19 at a time when death rates are dominating national headlines.

The NHS trust said that 517 Covid-19 patients had been discharged from its hospital in Pond Street and also one it runs in Barnet since the start of the outbreak back in March – with 132 discharged this week.

Chito Gabutin, ward manager, said: “Our elderly patients, many of whom have had Covid-19, are still fighting, still recovering and they are still going home.

“This wall of butterflies has really caught people’s attention. No-one wants to be in hospital and it’s the best feeling when you get to go home.

“I think that this really captures that feeling and at this time especially it feels like an incredibly hopeful message.”

Chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital Kate Slemeck added: “Staff are also very aware that not every family will get their loved one home but recognise the importance of celebrating stories of recovery to give people real hope during these very challenging times.”

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