Nurses and midwives from around the world working at Wye Valley NHS Trust came together to mark International Nurses Day and Day of the Midwife last week

More than 1,200 nurses and midwives from Herefordshire, Wales, and as far afield as the Philippines, Poland and New Zealand and provide care at the Trust's local hospitals and in people's homes.

Lucy Flanagan, director of nursing at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: "I'm very proud of our amazing nursing and midwifery staff and wish to say a big thank you to each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication.

"Every day they go above and beyond what is required to ensure that patients and mothers and their families receive high quality care round the clock."

International Nurses Day takes place on May 12 each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, and celebrates the contribution nurses make around the world. International Day of the Midwife happens annually on May 5.

Emergency Department Nurse Tanya Dass said nursing is as rewarding career and was one of the nurses to pin their national country's flag to a map in the hospital's Spires restaurant.

She said: "When you help people, it gives you an immense sense of satisfaction.

"We often see our patients during a very challenging time in their life and there's a real sense of satisfaction to provide care and be there with them."