Nominate your hospital heroes
For the first time, Peterborough residents are being invited to nominate staff members at their local hospitals for a new award. HANNAH GRAY explains how you can get involved, and finds out just what a little bit of praise meets to those who work on the f
IF you, or someone you know, has received excellent care in hospital, you will be aware of what a difference the dedication of staff can make during a difficult time.
Whether it was a doctor who saved a life, a nurse who provided excellent round-the-clock care or a cleaner who took a few minutes out of her day to have a word with you, everyone who works in our two city hospitals plays a hugely important role in healthcare in our city.
And now, for the first time, patients and their families are being asked to shine the spotlight on those who do great things.
The Evening Telegraph has teamed up with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to find the winner of the first Peterborough Hospitals Public Recognition Award.
The trust’s annual awards ceremony is well-established, highlighting the excellent work and achievements of staff.
But up until now, all of the nominations have come from other staff members. This year, however, there is a new category, and members of the public are being invited to nominate a member of staff or team who they think deserves to be recognised.
This could be a team or individual who has gone above the call of duty, provided outstanding patient care or made a real difference to the patient they have treated, helped or supported.
Any member of clinical or nonclinical staff can be nominated.
Three teams or individuals will be shortlisted from the nominations and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 7.
Nigel Hards, chairman of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a trust we know how hard our staff work and how dedicated they are to providing excellent patient care.
However we want our patients to tell us about the staff who have made a difference to them and who they think deserves to be recognised. Our patients meet different people and teams at different stages of their care, from initial assessments to those who carry out treatment and to staff who help during recovery and provide after-care, and we want them to tell us who has made a real difference.
“Anyone who works at Peterborough District Hospital or Edith Cavell Hospital can be nominated for an award and there are many clinical and non-clinical staff who do not always recognise the wonderful work they do so this is an opportunity for them to be rewarded.”
To nominate someone for the Public Recognition Award, simply complete the form printed below, and send it to Hannah Gray, Public Recognition Award, Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 57 Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1JW.
Alternatively, you can nominate someone online, by visiting www. peterboroughtoday.co.uk
All entries must be received by 5pm on Monday, July 19. Some of those shortlisted will feature in the ET, and the winner will be announced in October. then that’s even better because that’s what it’s all about.
“We strive to give really good care to our patients and when that’s recognised and acknowledged by them, it means a great deal to the staff.”