30th October 2012 – Airedale congratulates four NHS heroes
Four members of staff at Airedale Hospital were officially recognised as NHS heroes for going that extra mile to improve life for patients.
They were nominated in a national scheme, launched as part of the NHS’s 64th birthday celebrations, to celebrate the achievements of staff who show exceptional compassion, kindness and skill above and beyond the call of everyday duty.
Our NHS Heros are: Angela Freeman, paediatric dietitian, Tracey Hellawell, heart failure specialist nurse; Tracy Day, staff nurse and Donna Ashcroft, staff nurse in paediatrics.
Patients, their families and NHS colleagues had the chance to nominate their NHS hero between July and September. These could be anyone in an NHS health or wellbeing role from nurses, health visitors, dieticians, midwives and occupational therapists, to physiotherapists, receptionists, pharmacists, mental health nurses, doctors and dentists. More than 70 members of staff and teams were nominated across Yorkshire and Humber.
As part of the nominations, Tracy who has recently been working in the area of end of life care, was described as ‘a dedicated staff nurse who always put the needs of patients above her own’ and as being ‘always willing to learn and improve her knowledge and is a positive presence.’
Angela, who has more than 30 years of experience as a paediatric dietitian, was described as ‘exceptionally committed, hardworking, very caring, totally reliable and very popular with immense respect from colleagues and a very special gift when dealing with children.’
Tracey, based at Millennium Business Park, is the Trust’s only heart failure nurse and has a very large caseload. She was nominated for giving ‘more than would ever be expected of her. She not only cares for her patients she always ensures she is available to mentor others.’
Donna was nominated by the family of a young patient she provided care for. The patient said that she ‘went that extra mile just to make sure that I as a patient went home happy.’
Airedale’s four NHS Heros were presented with a certificate during a ceremony as part of a meeting of staff across the hospital.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that four member of staff have been recognised in this way for giving the best possible healthcare and going beyond the call of everyday duty.
“Providing top quality healthcare is not just about saving lives, it’s often the small things that make a huge difference to people when they are being looked after through their most difficult times – and we know these are what families often remember for the rest of their lives.”