Hospital staff compete for glory

MORE than 150 staff at West Suffolk Hospital left their stethoscope’s at home to compete in a tag rugby tournament.

The hospital staff, joined by coaches and players from West Suffolk College, made up 16 teams to compete in the sevens format tournament at Bury Rugby Club last Saturday.

Rugby sevens between hospital and college with teams representing 16 different nations at Bury Rugby Club

Rugby sevens between hospital and college with teams representing 16 different nations at Bury Rugby Club

The event aimed to boost teamwork and encourage staff to be more active.

Jan Bloomfield, director of workforce at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “It was a fabulous day. we got lots of good feedback from everybody and there has been a real buzz around the place because of it. All in all a good event for all the staff and a real morale boost.”

The tournament resembled the rugby sevens world cup, with each department representing a different nation.

In the final of the tournament, Australia – the therapists – beat New Zealand – radiography – to claim victory.

Speaking on the day, chief executive Stephen Graves said: “It’s great fun and excellent to see so many people here.

“It’s part of the health and wellbeing plan for good staff relationships and gives everyone the opportunity to get some exercise and have a fantastic day.”

The victorious Australian team were presented with a trophy at the end of the day.