Hos­pi­tal staff at front­line in run­ning for NHS awards

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CA­TRI­ONA STE­WART

GLAS­GOW hos­pi­tal staff are in the run­ning for the prestigiou­s NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde Chair­man’s Awards.

Mid­wife Hilary Alba works with women seek­ing asy­lum, es­cap­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing or who have un­der­gone fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion.

She has been nom­i­nated for a Bet­ter Health Award for her work sup­port­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble women in so­ci­ety.

Ms Alba goes above and be­yond the call of duty to en­sure those women move from sur­viv­ing to thriv­ing.

Based with the Princess

Royal Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal’s Spe­cial Needs in Preg­nancy Ser­vice, she works closely with the Traf­fick­ing Aware­ness Rais­ing Alliance to sup­port women aban­doned in preg­nancy when they are no longer of use as sex work­ers or cannabis fac­tory hands.

Her suc­cess in build­ing trust and con­fi­dence among these vul­ner­a­ble women is re­flected in the num­bers who at­tend clin­ics and brings to­gether women from dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties across the world, in­clud­ing Al­ba­nian, Chi­nese, Viet­namese, Ara­bic and Farsi, at par­entcraft classes.

In­equal­i­ties plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment man­ager Kath Gal­lagher nom­i­nated Ms Alba for her pas­sion and com­mit­ment to her pa­tients.

Ms Gal­lagher said: “Hilary leads a team of hard­work­ing col­leagues sup­port­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble women.

“Her com­mit­ment is ev­i­dent to all who work with her.”

Ms Alba also pro­vided sup­port to vul­ner­a­ble women by pro­vid­ing baby clothes or baby equip­ment and will scour lo­cal char­i­ties and put re­quests on Face­book ask­ing for pushchairs and cots.

A team of porters who are a vi­tal link in the ef­fi­cient and safe run­ning of the theatre suite at the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Children have been nom­i­nated by con­sul­tant anaes­thetist col­leagues for the Bet­ter Care Award.

This award recog­nises staff who pro­vide and con­trib­ute towards in­cred­i­ble pa­tient care.

Mid­wife Hilary Alba works with women asy­lum seek­ers

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