‘And how are we today?’ is how Staff Nurse Helen Carter has greeted every patient in her care for 30 years. Today her devotion to the first-person plural was recognised by a special award.
Patients, colleagues and even family members cannot recall a single occasion when Helen used the second person in everyday conversation. ‘I’d be making a sandwich,’ said husband Phil, 48, and she’d say ‘Having cheese today, are we?’ accompanied by a tilt of the head and an empathetic smile.’
A delighted Helen was presented with the award at a ceremony in the hospital where she works. ‘Is that award for me? Oh, we are being generous, aren’t we?’