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Hospital's stars shine in annual awards

Patient care (team) winner Sandbanks wardStaff, volunteers and fundraisers who go the extra mile were honoured last night at the Poole Hospital awards evening.

More than 130 invited guests heard heartfelt, and at times moving, tributes from colleagues, patients and relatives who nominated in this year’s recognition scheme.

Those recognised ranged from a cleaner and doctor, to midwives and a secretary.

Opening proceedings, chief executive Chris Bown told guests the event would ‘serve as a reminder of why we work, support and volunteer for Poole Hospital.’

“I am delighted that so many members of the public, patients and their relatives, as well as staff members, took the time to put forward a nomination,” added Chris.

With a record number of nominations received this year, the judging panel had a difficult job in shortlisting and placing those put forward in categories including patient care, volunteering, fundraising and safer hospitals.

Some of the most poignant nominations, which were read out as the evening unfolded, were made by patients and their relatives.

Rebecca Miln, a student nurse from Bournemouth University, was named winner of the patient care (individual) award category. She was nominated by a patient’s widower, saying:

“The care my late wife received from this dedicated and caring young woman was exemplary, and she should be recognised for this as she begins her career in nursing.”

Presenting the award to Rebecca, director of nursing and patient services, Martin Smits, told the audience light-heartedly that he predicted that she would one day take his job.

Other recipients included a pharmacist, Anneka Babbington, who has increased patient screening for potentially fatal blood clots by 20 per cent in just over six months and a 12-year-old, Tanya Broome, who set up the Preemie Babies charity which raised nearly £5,000 for the neonatal unit at Poole Hospital following a successful gala ball last year.

Sandbanks Ward, which cares for patients with cancer, was named patient care team award winners. Their nomination, from a patient’s relative, described staff on the ward as ‘outstanding.’

It continued: “I am in awe of this team - there is undoubtedly something special about this group of talented and caring individuals that needs to be recognised.”

Sister Jackie Spendlowe, from Sandbanks Ward, said receiving the award was a real honour.

“We are all extremely proud, and I am so proud of my team,” said Jackie.

“It is great to receive recognition for what we have achieved – everyone tries to go that extra mile, and involve not just the patients in their care, but their families too.

“We all work together – from the housekeeper to the medical staff - to make sure our patients and their loved ones receive the best care and attention possible.”

Trust chairman, Angela Schofield, said the evening was a real celebration.

“There are many outstanding individuals and teams working and supporting Poole Hospital to deliver the very best care we can, and to hear these exceptional nominations is truly heart-warming,” she said.

The awards, at The Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, were once again sponsored by local engineering firm Meggitt, with Mark Young, their group company secretary, presenting two bursary prizes to teams seeking to learn from other healthcare providers and bring back best practice back to Poole Hospital to benefit patients.

Date: 29 March 2012

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