Hospitals honour dedicated workers

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PEOPLE working for Stamford and Peterborough Hospitals Trust have been honoured at a special awards evening.

The awards were made to staff for their dedication and hard work, and workers in all departments – from doctors and nurses, to lab staff and office workers – were among those whose efforts were highlighted.

The honours included the Stamford Hospital Public Recognition Awards.

Nominations were made by Mercury readers and a panel of judges then chose the winners.

Consultant surgeon Mr Farrukh Bajwa was the winner, with colorectal nurse Gaynor O’Sullivan highly commended.

Mr Bajwa was nominated by several readers who praised his calming, caring and informative attitude. They said the attention they received from him was tremendous; put simply they said he saved their lives.

Gaynor was praised for the way she helped stoma patients and people with bowel cancer, some in their own homes. She was described as “always being there to help and support”.

Mr Bajwa thanked everyone who nominated him.

Mr Bajwa said: “I am greatly honoured and humble to receive the accolade for just doing my job.”

Gaynor, who is a clinical nurse specialist said: “It is especially rewarding to know that I was nominated for the award by a patient. It was a huge surprise to be highly recommended and an honour to accept the award.”

Sue Brooks, Stamford Hospital’s matron and site manager, also thanked readers who nominated staff.

“The winners are worthy recipients of this award as their dedication and determination to provide high quality patient care is always evident,” she said.

“They can be justly proud of their awards and we at Stamford Hospital offer our colleagues our warm congratulations.

“We are extremely grateful to all those readers who took time to nominate staff and teams from across the disciplines here and it is great for staff to be recognised in this way”

Mercury editor Eileen Green attended the awards evening, held at the Holiday Inn in Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, and presented the Mercury awards.

“It was wonderful to hear of all the marvellous work being done in our hospitals, particularly at a time of financial constraints,” she said.

“I would like to thank all those Mercury readers who took the time to make a nomination, and I congratulate Mr Bajwa and Gaynor O’Sullivan on receiving their awards. They are truly worthy winners.”