Time to cast votes for Sheffield health heroes

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SHEFFIELDERS have been busy nominating their Healthcare Heroes - and now it’s time to start voting!

Readers of The Star were invited to name the hospital or community health staff who have made a difference and gone beyond the call of duty while working in the city.

Now people are now being encouraged to choose the most deserving winner of the award, from a shortlist of six potential heroes.

Karen Rodgers

A community district nurse at Oughtibridge Surgery, was nominated by Margaret Howgate, from Bradfield. Karen cared for Margaret’s late husband Eric, who died of cancer.

She arranged for Eric to return home from hospital every night, and brought Margaret flowers the day before her husband’s funeral.

“Karen would come every day to see us, even on her day off she would phone up to see if we were alright,” Margaret said.

“As a retired nurse myself I can really appreciate her actions. Her kindness and care was really above the call of duty.”

Sarah Moore

A sister in urology outpatients at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. She was nominated by Beryl Moore, from Beighton, whom Sarah treated for septicaemia.

Beryl said: “I had septicaemia due to a badly infected kidney, and Sarah was so comforting and vigilant, she never left my side. She was completely devoted.”

Sarah is popular among patients on the ward, regularly receiving cards and chocolates from people she has cared for.

Andy Naisby

Leader of the tuberculosis nursing team, has been nominated by colleague Kelvin Karim.

Kelvin, who has worked alongside Andy for four years, said his friend takes a ‘holistic approach’ to treating TB, identifying underlying issues such as substance misuse and poverty.

“Andy is always ready to go the extra distance for patients and families,” said Kelvin. “He works hard to help ‘hard to reach’ patients who may have previously refused to engage with health services to access appropriate care. Andy is a supportive manager and an excellent role model to our team. His dedication and enthusiasm sets a standard which is very difficult to keep pace with.”

Prof Andrew Messenger

A consultant dermatologist at the Royal Hallamshire.

For more than 25 years he has helped patients all over the country to find diagnoses and treatment for psychologically disabling dermatological conditions such as acne and alopecia.

Prof Messenger was nominated by registrar Mili Shah, who said: “Andrew is dedicated to caring for his patients and supporting them in finding the best treatment for their needs.”

Yvonne Eason

The administrative support worker took on her office role in the governance team after a health problem meant she could no longer work on the wards as a support worker.

But Yvonne missed the interaction with patients, so devised different ways of supporting them, often in her own time. These include holding fundraising events for dementia sufferers such as cake bakes and book sales.

Deputy nurse director Gill Meek, nominated Yvonne, said she possesses ‘compassion and care’.

“She is an inspiration, especially when working with vulnerable and frail patients,” Gill said.

Briena Gregg

A housekeeper on the Northern General Hospital’s Hadfield Ward. Her name was put forward by the entire housekeeping team, who praised Briena’s tireless hard work and enthusiasm.

Senior sister Lisa Steele said: “Although Briena is 65 she has the energy of three people half her age! It’s difficult to put into words how wonderful Briena is. She is one-in-a-million.”

Fifteen-thousand people work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which runs the city’s five adult hospitals and provides community health services. The hospitals trust holds a Thank You Awards ceremony, to recognise staff who achieve amazing feats every day.

Email thankyouawards@sth.nhs.uk to vote, before the closing date of September 24.

Write Health Care Hero in the subject box, followed immediately by the full name of the person you want to vote for. In the email text box give your name, address, phone and any other contact details.