Five finalists need your vote in Star’s Healthcare Hero award

A&E team, Northern General
A&E team, Northern General
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The nominations are in – now it’s time to cast your votes!

Hard-working hospital staff who go above and beyond the call of duty are being recognised with the special Healthcare Hero award, and readers of The Star are being asked to pick the winner ahead of the big ceremony next month.

The prize is part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ annual Thank You Awards, which celebrate the dedication and achievements of workers at the Royal Hallamshire, Northern General and Weston Park hospitals, as well as the Jessop maternity wing and Charles Clifford dental centre.

The shortlist features five finalists, starting with Ann Riley, housekeeper on Northern General ward Firth 7, where heart patients are looked after. Ward manager Jane Webb said Ann was ‘an absolute joy to work with’. “Since Ann joined our team she has worked tirelessly to improve both the environment for patients and staff on the ward,” said Jane.

“Since her arrival, our infection control audits show a vast improvement as does the ward environment and thanks to Ann’s support, our mountain of clerical tasks is subsiding.

“There is no area she will not turn her hand to. I can’t emphasise how valuable and valued she is.”

Meanwhile, matron Richard Kemp nominated the Northern General’s accident and emergency team. “The A&E team are highly motivated and often work in difficult circumstances to provide the best quality of care,” he said.

“The dedication of the A&E staff means they often miss breaks and stay longer on shift in order to provide a quality service, always striving to deliver care with good humour and professionalism.”

The specialist nurses for organ donation were nominated by consultant anaesthetist Andrew Davidson, who said: “The specialist nurses have continually championed the cause of organ donation in the trust, saving lives and fulfilling the wishes of patients and their families.

“They recently went beyond the call of duty to organise a memorial service for donor families and recipients. This was a very emotional event but hugely rewarding.

“In times of intense grief, anger and loss they have approached and supported families and indeed staff in the emergency department, intensive care units and theatres to discuss and facilitate organ donation.”

Also up for the award is Kathryn Hogg, ward assistant on the Rivelin antenatal ward, where women are cared for before giving birth in the Jessop wing. Lead midwife Paula Schofield, who nominated Kathryn, said: “She is a kind, considerate staff member who is highly regarded by the whole ward team.

“She is modest and hard-working and goes out of her way on a daily basis to engage with the women and their families to ensure they are well catered for.”

Paula said quick-thinking Kathryn raised the alarm in January when she came across a woman suffering an eclamptic seizure. This is a frightening complication to witness and Kath maintained her composure and contributed appropriately,” she added.

And Rachel Walker, nurse specialist in inherited cardiovascular conditions at the Northern General, was put forward by colleague Alison Smith. “One of her main attributes is that she has time for all, from patients to staff,” said Alison.

“Rachel knows all her patients individually - they feel listened to and supported at all stages. She has phenomenal organisational skills and she is a skilled nurse, seeing patients in clinic as well as being able to perform highly specialised investigations.”

n Email to nominate, closing date next Monday, September 9.