Hospital staff at frontline in running for NHS awards
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