Hospital staff scoop three Health Heroes awards
Three staff from Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital have won a prestigious Health Heroes award in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have made to improving and supporting the lives of patients both in and out of hospital.
NHS South West Essex PCT’s annual awards recognise health workers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and, out of five winners, Basildon University Hospital staff scooped three.
Community midwife Sherri Smith, was nominated for the unwavering support she has given a young family whose father was badly injured while serving in Afghanistan earlier this year. Sherri was on hand night and day to provide practical and emotional support and used her annual leave to regularly travel up to Birmingham where the young soldier was being treated, to look after the family’s two young children. And if that wasn’t enough, she also raised over £800 for the couple and the Help the Heroes charity by performing a tandem parachute jump this summer.
Sherri said: “I couldn’t believe it when I received my certificate and to be honest I think anyone would have done what I’ve done to support this family, but of course I’m really pleased to have won this award.”
Elaine Bosley is a multiple sclerosis nurse at Basildon University Hospital and received two nominations for her limitless dedication to her MS patients. One nominator described her as ‘the driving force’ behind the charity the MS Therapy Group and said she exemplifies all that’s great about the NHS.
Elaine said her award was a complete surprise and she was delighted to have won: “I prefer to focus on the ability rather than the disability and my philosophy is that you always have to be on-call. MS isn’t a 9-5 illness that disappears in the evenings and weekends. I treat all my patients as individuals and I’m there for support and reassurance.”
Another midwife, who works at Basildon University Hospital, Michelle Harrison was nominated for helping a second-time mum have her ‘dream birth’. Having had a bad experience with the birth of her first child, the mum credited Michelle for listening to her and not dismissing her fears. Michelle also gave her the choice of where she would like to give birth and said she treated her like a mother and a person, and not just as a ‘high risk statistic’.
Michelle said it was lovely to be rewarded but allowing mums to make a choice about where they give birth is just part and parcel of a midwife’s job. She said: “Giving women a choice of where to have their baby is very simple and we need more midwives and doctors to offer this choice. This award is great for the Trust and for the fantastic midwifery team here at the hospital.”
Diane Sarkar, Director of Nursing said: “I am delighted that our nurses and midwives have scooped three out of five local Health Heroes awards. Being nominated by their patients means they’ve made a real difference to each of their lives and I’m thrilled they’ve been recognised as a Health Hero.”