Staff on ward 14 at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are celebrating after achieving a Macmillan Quality Environmental Mark.
The quality mark is used to assess whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.
The award demonstrates to staff, visitors and patients that a ward is:
- welcoming and accessible to all
- respectful of people’s privacy and dignity
- supportive to the user’s comfort and well-being
- giving choice and control to people using the service
- listening to the voice of the user
Stephen Guy, regional development manager for Macmillan Cancer Support presented the award to sister Julie Stonehouse and ward manager Bev Rodgers at a special celebration event.
Julie said: “It’s been a real team effort to achieve this standard. Among other initiatives to enhance the ward environment the staff gave up their changing facilities to create the family suite“.
Bev added: “As leaders of the team we are very proud of every single one of our staff.”
Ward staff celebrated with a giant tower of cupcakes and were joined by several patients who described the ward as “exceptional”.