Bumper year for nominations as patients choose hospital heroes

Sunil Sharma, consultant in the urology department at Peterborough City Hospital EMN-140917-153110001
Sunil Sharma, consultant in the urology department at Peterborough City Hospital EMN-140917-153110001
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Hospital staff and teams who provide the best medical care available have been nominated for a public recognition award.

Patients at Stamford Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital have put forward the people who have gone beyond the call of duty to help them and made a real difference to their lives.

The awards seek to recognise the excellent work being done by staff across the board at the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust.

This year the trust will honour a team or individual in the hospital hero category. And in a new addition, 
it will also select its midwife of the year.

Among this year’s nominees are consultant urologist Sunil Sharma and the urology team across the two hospitals, who were put forward by Stamford residents George and Jan Hetherington.

Mr Hetherington said: “I have seen Mr Sharma regularly for the past 18 months, finding him, courteous, caring, efficient and able to explain health issues clearly and understandably.

“Appointments are never rushed and he appears to have all the time in the world for his patient (although I know he has a busy schedule each time). He is will to listen to and answer any questions in a pleasant and easy manner. He is an inspirational leader of his team.”

Martin De-Jonghe, from Bourne, nominated consultant oncologist Karen McAdam.

“Karen was my late wife’s consultant,” he said. “My wife was an oncology sister. Karen was compassionate, understanding and human during my wife’s treatment. She was very supportive towards the family, honest and truthful, yet still professional.

“She would often step out of her remit and ring us with news, knowing that having previously worked in oncology my wife would want to know. She was always very tactful and honest. When we were sat in the waiting room, no one ever moaned if she was running late, because they all knew that Karen always gave patients her time.”

Greenwood Ward at Stamford Hospital was nominated by Elizabeth Lelliott. The team looked after her daughter during an operation on her hand.

She said: “I could not fault the care that my daughter received. She was very nervous about having an operation on her hand and as soon as we arrived Dr McKee and the Greenwood nurses all put her at her ease.”

A second nominee at Stamford Hospital is medical secretary Lisa Chambers. Cherillyn Liquorish said Lisa was always “helpful and caring.”

She added: “She is always bright, bubbly and smiling and will go out of her way to make sure that you have all of the information that you need.

“Some of my appointments can be particularly complicated, so when I have any problems with organising the order of my appointments or have some questions regarding any operations that I requirement, she is always on hand to offer assistance.

Another hospital hero nominee is Sue Downs, a healthcare assistant on the oncology award at Peterborough City Hospital.

Sue, from Stamford, trained as a healthcare assistant two years ago after beating breast cancer. Tragically she learned the cancer was back earlier this year, and that it was terminal.

Sue was put forward by Maz Roberts, from Ryhall, who said: “The first thing she did, rather than break down and bemoan, ‘why me?’ was get a team of four together including two other members of staff on the oncology ward and organise a skydive to raise money for the ward.”

The dive took place on August 31 and Sue has so far raised more than £5,000.

Among the nominees for the new midwife of the year award is Serena McLean. She was put forward by Carrie Corney. She said: “She has helped me tremendously through two difficult pregnancies. She is an absolutely outstanding, one-of-a-kind midwife who goes above and beyond to help her ladies – a true asset to the trust.

“Having been a nurse myself, she knew that I knew just what should be happening with my baby and would quiz her with every question under the sun.

“As I’ve had a previous pregnancy loss, Serena was able to rationalise my worries and feelings and gave me the strength to believe everything would turn out okay.

“If she was concerned about me or my babies she never hesitated to send me into hospital and I knew I could put my absolute faith in her and come out okay.”

The winners are decided by the trust and will be announced at a ceremony on October 23.

A trust spokesman said it had been the best year ever in terms of number of nominations, and thanked all those who had put forward their hospital heroes.