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Poole Hospital's 'fantastic' matrons recognised by Mayor

Matrons awarded Poole Hospital’s matrons have received the Mayor of Poole’s first ever recognition award for their role in improving local health services.

The group of matrons, including representatives from oncology, emergency services and surgery, were presented with recognition award certificates, in a ceremonial lunch in the Mayor’s Parlour last month.

The award recognised the matrons’ hard work in changing the way the hospital cares for patients. This includes supporting nurses to make decisions about clinical care, creating treatment plans and working to reduce unnecessary overnight stays and hospital admissions.

Martin Smits, director of nursing and patient services, said: “This group of matrons represent the wider ethos of the matron model at Poole – putting the patient and their wellbeing at the heart of all we do.

“Our matrons strive to provide the most caring and efficient service possible and do this innovatively and enthusiastically to ensure continuous improvement in the services we provide.”

Matrons are responsible for improving wards for patients, empowering nurses to take on a wider range of clinical tasks and leading by example.

The matron model is exceptionally strong and highly regarded at Poole, bringing together clinical quality and operational management into one role at ward level.

The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Philip Eades, said: “The residents of Poole and wider East Dorset are particularly well served by being under the care of a fantastic team of dedicated, professional matrons at Poole Hospital.

“I wished, on behalf of local residents, to thank them for their work and to fully recognise the esteem in which they are held locally.”

Date: 21 August

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