Trust's Hospital Heroes unveiled

Unveiling our Hospital Heroes 2017

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All the winners from our Outstanding Achievement Awards held on 20 October

The 2017 Hospital Heroes chosen by patients at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals were announced in a special awards ceremony held on Friday evening.

Staff from all three hospitals came together to celebrate their first Outstanding Achievement Awards of the newly-formed North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

Charge Nurse Pedro Caetano was named Peterborough City Hospital Hero 2017 for the outstanding care and compassion he showed to the family of a patient who was in his last days of life. The family nominated Pedro for what they considered to be care above and beyond the call of duty – especially since he made a point of returning from his last shift before going off to get married to say his own goodbye to the family and the patient.

Consultant Diabetologist Dr Samson Oyibo was highly commended as PCH Hospital Hero by a patient for whom he has cared for the past 10 years. The patient even noted that Dr Oyibo supported them with long-distance telephone consultations while the patient was away at university, and this support meant they could maintain as normal a life as possible despite their condition.

Midwife Vicky Bennett was named Hinchingbrooke Hospital Hero 2017 for the care she gave to a couple who tragically lost their baby son at 37 weeks. The couple nominated Vicky for the way she supported them both through the birth and the days afterwards, citing that she helped them savour memories despite being completely distraught. 

Consultant paediatrician Dr Nik Johnson was highly commended as Hinchingbrooke Hospital Hero for the care he has given to two children from the same family for a number of years. The parent who nominated him said he has left no stone unturned in the care he has given to the family as a whole. 

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Vanessa Smith was named Stamford and Rutland Hospital Hero 2017 for the care she gave to a patient who had been struggling to see any improvement with a long-standing health condition. The patient nominated Dr Smith for the way she put together a treatment plan that has improved life considerably after years of suffering.

More staff picked up awards at the event, which was attended by 120 staff members from across the three hospitals.

Stamford Hospital Porter Ben Inman won the Outstanding Individual of the Year award for his quick thinking actions that saved an extremely distressed patient from harming themselves in an incident at the hospital earlier this year.

The PCH Security Team won Team of the Year for the way they calmed a potentially volatile situation with a patient in the Emergency Centre at Peterborough City Hospital.

Ward tracker Sue Exton, who works on ward B7 at PCH won Unsung Hero for the support she gives to work experience students.

Sophie Cushieri, ward manager on A10 at PCH, won the Putting Patients First award for leading her ward team in arranging the wedding of a terminally ill patient in his final days.

Healthcare Assistant Holly Speechley, who works in the Medical Assessment Unit at PCH, won the Caring and Compassionate award for the lengths she went to in order to reassure a very nervous patient having their first-ever stay in hospital.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Donata Banni was awarded the Actively Respectful award for devising a way to ease the anxiety of young patients undergoing a general anaesthetic.

Marielba Pilsbury, infant feeding specialist maternity care assistant at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, won the Working Together award for the way she supports patients and colleagues and still finds time to complete a degree course alongside full time work.

Nurse recruitment project officer Sabrina Galietti won the Improve and Develop award for organising the first Peterborough City Hospital recruitment event earlier in the year.

Rob Hughes, chairman of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our staff give us reasons to be proud every day and this event helped showcase that fact. It was fantastic to be able to bring all our staff together to say thank you for the great things they do for our patients.

“I was particularly pleased to honour our Hospital Heroes. We received lots of nominations for staff at all three of our hospitals and showcased them all on the night. Thank you to those patients and their families who took the time to nominate. Some of the stories of the level of care given completely blew our judging panel away.”

The awards ceremony was held at the Marriott Hotel, Peterborough on Friday 20 October and was hosted by Paul Stainton of PS Media. The event was sponsored by Mitie, System C, Multiplex and Unison.

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