Rainbow flag raised at the Royal Oldham Hospital

Date published: 04 February 2019

The Royal Oldham Hospital is flying the rainbow flag to mark the start of LGBT History Month.

It’s to raise awareness of the event, which is running throughout February, and to show the Northern Care Alliance’s support.

The theme for LGBT History Month 2019 is ‘peace, activism and reconciliation.’

All of the NCA’s hospitals and community services – in Oldham, Salford, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester - are showing their support.

Each flag raising ceremony at each site will be attended by staff including hospital senior management teams.

The NCA has a programme of activities organised throughout February to support LGBT History Month, including coffee mornings, pop-up exhibitions, poster displays and marketing stalls, cake sales, a LGBT film show and music.

These events are all open to staff, patients, visitors and the public throughout the month.

Naheed Nazir, Head of Equality and Engagement at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said: “Flying the rainbow flag is symbolic of our staff, patients and visitors all coming together to support LGBT History Month.

“Flying the flag shows The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group’s commitment to celebrating and supporting the diverse communities we have within our workforce and patient care.

“Seeing the flags flying is a great symbol of support and togetherness for everyone, especially the LGBT communities across our group of hospitals and community services.”

Doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, porters, back office and other staff groups will be given rainbow NHS fobs and lanyards, which they will wear with pride to signal their support for the LGBT community.

To find out more about the events planned at each hospital, download the LGBT History Month activities sheet PDF on the NCA website in the Equality and Diversity section here.

Alternatively email: shain.miah@pat.nhs.uk.