EMOTIONS were running high outside Basingstoke hospital as staff momentarily left the building to take part in the #ClapForNHS and key workers.

Dozens of NHS staff stood outside the hospital entrance in Aldermaston Road at 8pm to join together for a united round-of-applause, and were offered support from police officers and ambulance staff, who also came along.

Emergency workers still in their scrubs, nurses in uniform and paramedics cheering from their ambulances gathered to clap together for the weekly morale booster, which for some proved too much as they broke down in tears.

The weekly clap on a Thursday evening has become a chance for the public to show their appreciation and say thank you to those who are putting their own health at risk to care for others.

Dr Lara Alloway, chief medical officer for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), who was among those taking part outside the hospital, said there was a “fantastic atmosphere” adding: “Thank you to everyone who came out and joined tonight’s #ClapForNHS and key workers. This weekly show of support really boosts the morale of HHFT staff, and it is much appreciated.

“Our staff are doing an amazing job, and are working so hard – going above and beyond, each and every day – so to know how much their caring and commitment means to our wonderful local community is really heartening.

“This has been a significant week for HHFT, with the positive news that the Care Quality Commission has rated HHFT as ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ for caring, and I am delighted that so many colleagues were able to join tonight’s national show of support at our hospital sites in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover. The #ClapForNHS and key workers very much embodies the spirit of HHFT’s message that we are #GoodTogether.”