A surgeon who boosted a teenager’s self confidence through a complex procedure is the first nominee for our hospital heroes award.
Mark Turner, an oral surgery consultant at Peterborough City Hospital, has been put forward by Stamford resident Michael Porter.
Michael, 19, was born with his lower jaw protruding ahead of his upper jaw. He had braces when he was growing up but could not have surgery to correct the problem until he was 18 and his jaw stopped growing.
The problem affected his speech and smile, and also his confidence.
Michael underwent a complicated operation in which his surgeon Mr Turner broke and refixed both his jaw bones so they lined up correctly.
Michael is delighted with the results and with the treatment he received from Mr Turner.
He said: “My face and my smile have changed no end. I haven’t got a baby face any more.
“I was a bit self conscious before, but not any more.”
Michael was understandably worried going into surgery. But Mr Turner put him at ease from the start.
Michael said: “When I went for the pre-op he told me what to expect. And the next morning he came round and saw me. Then he let me go home the next day.
“Often when I go to the orthodontist he comes in to see how I am doing. It is fantastic service. He was ever so kind to me.
“Mr Turner is a very generous, easy-going person. I could talk to him.
“I was quite scared at first. But even on the first time I met him he put me at ease and there were no problems.”
If you have had a similar experience to Michael, the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust wants you to nominate individuals or teams of trust staff who you think deserve extra appreciation.
Three teams and/or individuals from both Stamford Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital will be shortlisted from the public recognition nominations and the winners will be announced at the trust’s awards ceremony in October.
The awards seek to recognise the excellent work being done by staff across the board and last year, there were eight winners and more than 140 staff attended the glittering awards ceremony held at the Orton Hall Hotel in Peterborough.
Staff who had worked for the trust for 25 years were also recognised for their dedication.
This year the trust is also looking for nominations for its new Midwife of the Year award, which has been introduced to specifically commend midwives who regularly go the extra mile for new mothers and their babies.
Trust chairman Rob Hughes said: “As a trust we know how hard our staff work and how dedicated they are to providing excellent patient care.
“Now is your chance to ensure those hospital workers who you think have excelled in their dedication, providing outstanding care, or made a real difference to the lives of their patients, are recognised for their efforts.”
The deadline to nominate an individual or team from Stamford Hospital; an individual or team from Peterborough City Hospital or a midwife, is Monday, September 1.
To nominate a health hero, please send details of why you’d like to nominate the staff member, along with their full name and department if known, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call 01733 678025 to nominate.