It’s time once again to highlight the great work of doctors, nurses, surgeons and all the other hospital staff who go above and beyond to care for patients across the region.
The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust has launched this year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards, and is asking Mercury readers to nominate individuals or teams of trust staff who have made an outstanding effort and a huge difference to your lives. The hospital heroes will go forward in the public recognition category of the annual awards.
Trust chairman Rob Hughes said: “We know how hard our staff work and how dedicated they are to providing excellent patient care. In previous years patient nominations have uncovered wonderful stories of how some of our staff are real-life ‘unsung heroes’ who take the responsibility of caring for poorly people to the next level.
“We want to hear examples of occasions when hospital workers have excelled in their dedication, providing outstanding care, or made a real difference to the lives of their patients, so that we can ensure they are recognised for their efforts. If you have someone in mind, then please get in touch to nominate.”
The trust teams up with the Mercury and our sister title the Peterborough Telegraph to find hospital heroes every year. The public recognition award is part of the trust’s Outstanding Achievement Awards, which highlight the excellent work of staff across both Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford Hospital.
Your hospital hero will be recognised alongside winners in the other categories of the Outstanding Achievement Awards in a glittering ceremony later this year.
Last year’s public recognition award winner was consultant breast surgeon Steven Goh. He was nominated by one of his patients for the way he made extra effort to check on her progress after she was admitted to hospital following a bad reaction to chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Through these daily checks Stephen could see the patient was getting very unhappy and, at one stage, because she was tired and sore, she was reluctant to have a cannula changed to aid her recovery. Stephen told the patient he would buy her a McDonalds breakfast and deliver it to her room if she allowed the cannula to be changed. She did – and Stephen kept to his word by dropping in with a McMuffin breakfast the following morning.
The patient said this helped her through a particularly tough stage of her recovery and gave her “total faith” in Mr Goh’s caring and professional nature.
Highly commended last year was ward manager Sharon Holland, of Ward A2. She was nominated by a patient who spent 10 weeks on her ward.
The patient said Sharon became a “rock” to her and her family. She highlighted particular instances when Sharon spent time ensuring that she helped her personally on the road back to health by washing her hair and supporting her relatives. This included ensuring the patient got to see her new grandson, who was born while she was in hospital.
Mercury editor Mark Edwards said: “We’ve asked our readers to nominate their hospital heroes for several years now, and every year we are amazed by the work done by the nominees. Staff at the trust really do go out of their way to make sure patients under their care have the best experience possible.
“We know the news is full of headlines about NHS finances, but the fact is that you can’t put a price on the kind of hard work, dedication and care shown by so many staff. We are delighted to be part of the awards which recognise some truly outstanding staff and teams.”
The deadline to nominate your Hospital Hero is Tuesday, September 1. You can send in details of why you’d like to nominate the staff member, along with their full name and department, if known, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01733 678025.