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Poole Hospital Awards winners announced

A cleaner, doctors, nurses, fundraisers and volunteers were among those recognised at Poole Hospital’s annual awards evening last night.

Around 120 attendees, including the mayor and mayoress of Poole, heard moving tributes from patients and their families about the care they and their loved ones had received in the past 12 months.

Val Horn

Employee of the year, matron Val Horn, centre, with Chris Jarvis and Sarah-Jane Taylor, director of human resources.


Compere, local resident and television presenter, Chris Jarvis, said he was honoured to be asked to help take part in this year’s event.

And trust chairman, Angela Schofield, told attendees that the annual awards event celebrated the people behind the hospital.

“To me, everyone who works at Poole Hospital, our volunteers and our fundraisers, are stars,” Angela said.

“You make the hospital what it is and are the reason why people trust us to care for them.”

Angela added her thanks to the staff, supporters, patients, relatives and members of the public who had taken the time to make a nomination.

Among those celebrating was Val Horn, matron for older people’s services. Val was named employee of the year, in recognition of her commitment to the care older people receive in hospital. The hospital’s stroke unit and Lilliput ward, both of which Val is responsible for, also picked up awards on the night.

“It was very humbling to be awarded the employee of the year accolade from my peers,” said Val. “It really underlines to me the importance with which the care of the elderly is seen at Poole Hospital.

“It is recognition that our elderly patients are firmly centre stage, and that as teams and individuals, we really are making a difference.

“In my 34 years of nursing, seeing so many services for older people recognised has been the undoubted highlight of my career.”

Val’s nomination for employee of the year was made by a colleague, who wrote:

“Val’s vision and innovative approach sits at the forefront of older people’s services - Val is an inspiration to everyone who works with her.”

Neonatal intensive care unit nurse, Ita May, was named as the patient care individual award winner – she was put forward by a grateful new mother whose baby received care on the unit.

Ita’s nomination read: “Ita is especially good with new arrivals and parents who may be scared and forlorn - within minutes she has the baby in the mum's arms, with mum smiling and baby content.”

Angela added her thanks to the staff, supporters, patients, relatives and members of the public who had taken the time to make a nomination, and to local engineering firm Meggitt, which has supported the awards for the past 17 years.

Poole Hospital Awards 2013/14 results in full

Safer hospitals:

1) Paul Horn

2) Helen Taylor

3) Sarah Chowdhiry


Volunteer of the year

1) Michael Jones

2) Anne Jacob

3) Bill Lindsay


Friends and family test - winner

Stroke care unit


Service improvement team

1) Iron deficiency anaemia service

2) Intensity modulated radiotherapy team

3) Critical care


Service improvement individual

1) Helen Parker

2) Tracie Tiller

3) Bruce Hopkins


Fundraiser of the year

1) Jude Martin

2) Simone Burne

3) Hamworthy Heating


Meggitt bursary prize - winner

Andrew Nickinson


Patient care team award

1) Lilliput

2) Forest Holme

3) Ansty


Patient care individual award

1) Ita May

2) Kirsty Horsley

3) Maria Mooney


Employee of the year

1) Val Horn

2) Jeanne Wadey

3) Barry Duell


Chairman’s award - winner

Jock Dunbar

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