Time to nominate the hospital staff who really do go that extra mile

Has a member of hospital staff or volunteer gone above and beyond the call of duty during your hospital visit?

Sunday, 7th August 2016, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:52 pm
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Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust wants to hear about individuals or teams of staff from the trust at either Peterborough City Hospital or Stamford Hospital, who you think deserve extra recognition.

They will then be honoured in the trust’s annual Outstanding Achievement Awards this October during a glittering ceremony.

Rob Hughes, chairman of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At previous events, public nominations have uncovered wonderful stories of how some of our staff are real-life ‘hidden 
heroes’ who go the extra mile to ensure they have a positive experience.

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“We know how hard our staff work and how dedicated they are to providing excellent patient care, but we want to hear your stories of occasions when hospital workers have excelled in their dedication, so that we can ensure they are recognised for their efforts.”

The trust has once again teamed up with the Rutland and Stamford Mercury and our sister title The Peterborough Telegraph to gather nominations for its Hospital Heroes Public Recognition Award.

It is presented every year as part of the Trust’s Outstanding Achievement Awards, a ceremony to celebrate the excellent work of staff across both hospitals in Peterborough and Stamford.

Editor of the Mercury and the Peterborough Telegraph Mark Edwards said: “We are proud once again to be joining forces with the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust to find your health heroes.

“I’ve been to the awards ceremony myself and it is always amazing to see and hear about the fantastic work being done by staff at the trust. They really do go out of their way to make sure patients under their care have the best experience possible.

“There are often negative stories about the NHS in the news but you can’t put a price on the kind of hard work, dedication and care shown by the staff at both Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford Hospital.”

The winner of last year’s Public Recognition Award was midwife Emily Robson, who was described as “an angel” by the couple who nominated her.

They had their ‘miracle’ baby boy after four years of trying to conceive and then having successful IVF treatment.

But the little one developed health problems when he was just a few days old.

Emily was with the mother- to-be on the ward prior to his birth and after her caesarean section. She was so reassuring and spent time to explain everything to the parents. The new mother left hospital two days later not expecting to return, but 24 hours later her baby stopped breathing and was rushed in to Neonatal Intensive Care after being resuscitated in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

Emily visited the parents and spent time with them in her own time – after finishing her shift.

The couple said the support she gave was “amazing” and that she excelled in her dedication to duty and provided outstanding care.

The highly-commended health hero was Paula-Joanne Bloodworth, a nurse specialist.

She was nominated by the wife of a patient who sadly passed away from colon cancer.

Paula helped the couple to be positive and look forward on their long and difficult path, and offered words of comfort and inspiration when they had some dark days.

The nomination said: “Paula was always there on the end of an e-mail, or the telephone explaining alternatives and offering sound advice.

“She gave so much of her personal time and offered warmth, empathy and most of all, love.”

l The deadline to nominate your hospital hero for this year’s awards is Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Please send details of why you would like to nominate the staff member, along with their full name and department if known, to [email protected], or call 01733 678024.